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The real Uncle Sam

by Denny Banister

by Denny Banister

Samuel Wilson was born in Massachusetts on Sept. 13, 1776. The son of a Minuteman, Samuel served as a messenger and service boy for the army of the colonies. He tended livestock and performed other routine farm chores typical for boys his age in the effort to help feed the soldiers.

After the Revolutionary War and now a grown man, Samuel put his livestock

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