The man who became the symbol of the United States, Samuel Wilson, was born in what is now Arlington, MA. September 13, 1766. As a young boy, he became a courier for the Committees of Safety. He and his family moved to Mason, NH where his boyhood home still stands as private museum. He later moved to Troy, NY where he became a successful businessman and a much respected and beloved citizen He became a brickmaker and a meat packer. He marked his meat barrels with the initials U. S. and the rest is history. Here are a few links to learn more about this great and good man: http://www.scribd.com/collections/3061275/Uncle-Sam-Uncle-Sam-Wilson Camp Constitution thanks Cecile and Jean-Pierre Moreaux owners of the Uncle Sam Home in Mason, NH and the Uncle Sam Poster Museum in Sonoma, CA for all that have done to keep the memory of Uncle Sam alive.