Wayback Wednesday: Uncle Sam is born
He wants your money every April. When times are tough, he wants you to join his military. And whenever you need a little inspiration, he's there for you.
Sometimes you love him and sometimes you hate him, but he'll always be your Uncle Sam.
Uncle Sam origin stories are a little murky, but many historians believe Uncle Sam became a thing when an article on the War of 1812 was published in the Troy Post on September 7, 1813. That's the first time the term was used to personify the United States and its government.
Here's a look back at Uncle Sam through the years courtesy of the Library of Congress as the subject of political cartoons and pleas to serve the country.
This poster became iconic during World War II, but James Montgomery Flagg created it in 1916.
When Uncle Sam wasn't imploring folks to join the military, he was asking them to conserve fuel.
He also recruited for the Navy.
He became the face of numerous government programs.
He was also widely used in political cartoons. Here, Sam is seen flirting with a woman named "The New Tariff".
And here, Sam is depicted as dreaming of conquests and annexations while asserting his "Monroe Doctrine" rights.