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It didn't take long for political cartoonists started drawing "Uncle Sam." The first drawings showed Uncle Sam as a short little man with a beard and an infectious grin. These cartoons, showing Uncle Sam in striped trousers, flowing coat, and a high hat, were patterned after Sam Wilson.
After the death of Abraham Lincoln, however, the cartoonists started to draw Uncle Sam as a tall, skinny fellow. Over the years, he grew even taller.
Today, Uncle Sam is a national symbol and is recognized all over the world as America's trademark.