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The Writer’s Almanac for March 13, 2017: The Presence

Mar. 13, 2017: birthday: Uncle Sam

It’s the birthday of Uncle Sam. He made his debut on this day in 1852 as a cartoon in the New York Lantern, drawn by Frank Henry Bellew. The name “Uncle Sam” had been used to refer to the United States since about 1810, but this was the first time that someone thought to make him into a character and draw him in human form.