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Uncle Sam

What is 'Uncle Sam'

A nickname dating back to 1812 used to refer to the U.S. government. The term is said to come from "Uncle Sam" Wilson, who provided barrels of beef to the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. The barrels were stamped "U.S." to indicate that they were government property, but they came to be associated with Wilson's nickname, and eventually "Uncle Sam" became a nickname for the U.S. government.

Explaining 'Uncle Sam'

The most popular visual representation of Uncle Sam is a cartoon image drawn by James Montgomery Flagg in 1916 of a white-haired, bearded, Caucasian male dressed in a patriotic top hat and jacket for a U.S. Army recruitment poster with the words "I Want You." The term is commonly used by financial writers, often in conjunction with discussions of income taxes.


Uncle Sam FAQ

What is the meaning behind Uncle Sam?

The United States got its nickname, Uncle Sam on September 7, 1813. It's derived from Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.

Was Uncle Sam a real person?

Uncle Sam is believed to be based on a real person, Sam Wilson, a businessman during the War of 1812.

Who was the model for Uncle Sam?

In the United States' early days, a female figure named Columbia (from Christopher Columbus) stood for the nation; she remained as an often-used symbol of our country through the early 20th century.

Can you claim allowances on the 2020 w4?

Yes, withholding allowances are gone. Employees filling out the 2020 Form W-4 can not claim withholding allowances any more.

How long can you claim exempt?

Claiming exempt is only good for the current year. Submit a new W-4 to your employer if you meet next year's criteria for exempt.

Further Reading

When Uncle Sam Introduced Main Street to Wall Street: Liberty Bonds and the Transformation of American FinanceWhen Uncle Sam Introduced Main Street to Wall Street: Liberty Bonds and the Transformation of American Finance
www.nber.org [PDF]
We study the effects of the liberty bond drives of World War I on financial intermediation in the 1920s and beyond. Using panel data on US counties we find that higher liberty bond subscription rates led to an increase in the number of investment banks, stronger local …

Uncle Sam rising: Performance implications of business-to-government relationshipsUncle Sam rising: Performance implications of business-to-government relationships
journals.sagepub.com [PDF]
We study the effects of the liberty bond drives of World War I on financial intermediation in the 1920s and beyond. Using panel data on US counties we find that higher liberty bond subscription rates led to an increase in the number of investment banks, stronger local …

The federal government's implied guarantee of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's obligations: Uncle Sam will pick up the tabThe federal government's implied guarantee of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's obligations: Uncle Sam will pick up the tab
heinonline.org [PDF]
We study the effects of the liberty bond drives of World War I on financial intermediation in the 1920s and beyond. Using panel data on US counties we find that higher liberty bond subscription rates led to an increase in the number of investment banks, stronger local …

An open letter to Uncle Sam: America, pray leave Somalia to its own devicesAn open letter to Uncle Sam: America, pray leave Somalia to its own devices
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
We study the effects of the liberty bond drives of World War I on financial intermediation in the 1920s and beyond. Using panel data on US counties we find that higher liberty bond subscription rates led to an increase in the number of investment banks, stronger local …

Ask for Help, Uncle Sam: The Future of Global Tax ReportingAsk for Help, Uncle Sam: The Future of Global Tax Reporting
heinonline.org [PDF]
We study the effects of the liberty bond drives of World War I on financial intermediation in the 1920s and beyond. Using panel data on US counties we find that higher liberty bond subscription rates led to an increase in the number of investment banks, stronger local …

“Uncle Sam is to be sacrificed”: Anglophobia in late nineteenth-century politics and culture“Uncle Sam is to be sacrificed”: Anglophobia in late nineteenth-century politics and culture
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
We study the effects of the liberty bond drives of World War I on financial intermediation in the 1920s and beyond. Using panel data on US counties we find that higher liberty bond subscription rates led to an increase in the number of investment banks, stronger local …


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