What is the meaning of Uncle Sam.

India
November 13, 2009 8:53am CST
I just want to know, why the Americans call their country as Uncle Sam. Can anybody throw some light on this. I have never understood this word. Can anybody explain this.
2 responses
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
13 Nov 09
Hi rameshkmaar Uncle Sam was a real man named Samuel Wilson and lived in Troy N.Y. He gained his notoriety in 1812 but the "Uncle Same" logo didn't appear until 1813. Sam and brother Ebenezer began a firm E&S Wilson. Through this firm and the war contrats they acquired is how it began. They won a contract to supply meat to the army and Uncle Sam was known as the man who fed the Army. Sam Wilson inspected meat purhased for the government after the declaration of war against England in 1812. A contrator named Elbert Anderson purchased a quanity of provisions and the barrels were marked EA-US (Elbert Anderson for the United States) Workers, unfamaliar with the initials US in conversion among themselfs said "They must mean Uncle Sam" and the joke went on and the initials for the United States became Uncle Sam. It is the symbol of the United States ever since. The story is much more involved, but basially that is how it got started.
• India
14 Nov 09
This is what I love in myLot. You ask a question, which even people who studied American History might not know, but some body will be able to give the correct answer. Of course the previous response has also given the same answer in a shorter form, but then he says it might be a myth. Anyhow I am able to understand how Uncle Sam, originated. Thanks a lot for the valuable answer.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Nov 09
The real story is actually pretty mundane and boring. It started with a little fun with the letters that abreviate our country..U.S. No one really knows who first coined it, but it seems to be some time back in the late 1800's. The urban legend however, which is now thought to not be true, says that it originated with a meat packer who supplied beef to the U.S. government, a man named Sam Wilson, who was a sub contractor to Elbert Anderson. Of course on the shipping lables for the meat were the letters US EA. Suposedly on being asked what the letters stood foor, one person joked it stood for "Elbert Anderson" and Uncle Sam, who suposedly was Sam Wilson. Now again, that is the legend, but it is thought it was nothing more than a simple play on the letters U.S. and not at all related to the now legendary meat packer.
• India
14 Nov 09
Thank you very much for your valuable input xfahctor. Of course the next response of sulsisels, is quite confident that this is not a legend or myth, but a fact. Anyhow, whether it is a legend or myth, I am happy to have understood how the name Uncle Sam originated.