TROY, N. Y., HOME OF UNCLE SAM
The familiar sobriquet "Uncle Sam" was first used at Troy, N. Y., in the year 1812. Government supplies branded "U.S." were officially inspected by Samuel Wilson whose nickname was "Uncle Sam". The coincidence of initials suggested the jocular use of "Uncle Sam" to mean the United States. The nickname was picked up by newspapers and quickly caught the popular fancy. F. Bellows' cartoon of "Uncle Sam" personifying the United States appeared March 13, 1852. Later, cartoonist Thomas Nast added whiskers and stars to the caricature of "Uncle Sam".