This is a symbol of the United States. It symbolizes the government of the U.S. His origin started in the war of 1812. No one knows for sure how "Uncle Sam" was created or who it was named after. But, one theory says that he was named after a butcher named Samuel Wilson. His origin started in the war of 1812. When Samuel was shipping large boxes of meat to the U.S army, one of the soldiers saw the U.S stamped on the boxes. He jokily suggested that the initials stood for "Uncle Sam" Wilson. But the appearance of Uncle Sam was different from Samuel Wilson. Uncle Sam wore star-spangled suit with a star hat. The big difference is that Uncle Sam had a goatee on and Samuel was clean shaven.