Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for January 13th:
"An act making an alteration in the Flag of the United States"


"An act making an alteration in the Flag of the United States" 01/13/1794; 3rd Congress, 1st Session; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives and Records Administration

Approved by President George Washington on January 13, 1794, this act called for the Flag of the United States to have fifteen stripes and fifteen stars, reflecting the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. Faced with the admission of five more states in 1818, the flag design would return to the original thirteen stripes.
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