Did you ever wonder how the cartoon figure Uncle Sam originated?
Local stories vary. Some say he was a butcher who contracted with the government to supply meat to the Army during the War of 1812. Others say he was a government meat inspector. In any case, he stamped the meat with his initials, “U S,” for “Uncle Sam.”
Congress declared Uncle Sam Wilson the progenitor of America's national
symbol in 1961.
Wilson died in 1854 and is buried in Troy at the Oakwood Cemetery, but he has posthumously lent his name to a variety of establishments there: a parking garage, a natural foods store and a bowling alley, to name a few.