James Bailey Upham

James Bailey Upham

Birth
New Hampton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 25 Nov 1905 (aged 59)
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 55107823 · View Source
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Author of the "I Pledge Allegience To The Flag". James was Junior Partner with the Companion Magazine when they were involved in a big celebration of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag. As part of this effort he was authoring what would become "I Pledge Allegience To The Flag". Company policy forbid employees to take individual credit for efforts performed while in thier employ, and as a result all credit went to an associate; Francis Bellamy. It was always accepted that Upham was the promoter of the project and that Bellamy was the actual author of the original draft. Several years after Upham's death his family found a copy of the original draft for the
'Pledge', which was in Upham's hand. A ruling had already been made and a monument had already been dedicated claiming Bellamy as the author, and Upham's family was never successful in getting any official recognition for Upham in Washington, DC.


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  • Created by: William Sweeney
  • Added: 18 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55107823
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Bailey Upham (27 Dec 1845–25 Nov 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55107823, citing Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by William Sweeney (contributor 46597677) .