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 Samuel Chester Reid

Samuel Chester Reid

Birth
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 28 Jan 1861 (aged 77)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 172, Plot 13108
Memorial ID 858 · View Source
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American Folk Figure. He was Captin in the US Navy noted for designing the third version of the America's Stars and Stripes. During the War of 1812, he commanded the privateer General Armstrong and General Andrew Jackson credited Reid's action with delaying the British squadron at the Battle of Fayal New Orleans, Louisiana. After the War, he became Harbor Master for New York City. He made many innovations including a signal code for US vessels and the use of the semaphore system for speedy advice on ship arrivals. In 1818, at the request of a Congressional Committee headed by US Representative Peter H. Wendover, he was commissioned to design a new US flag. At that time there were twenty states in the Union and entry of others was expected soon. Reid's proposal was that the stripes be fixed at the original thirteen states with one star to represent each state as the Union grew. On acceptance of the design by the US Congress, Reid's wife made the first new flag with silk provided by the government and it was flown from the US Capitol dome on April 13, 1818. He retired as a Master of the Navy in 1844 and died at age 77.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 858
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Chester Reid (25 Aug 1783–28 Jan 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 858, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .