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Francis Scott Key


(1779 - 1843)

Francis Scott Key

As a member of a prisoner exchange commission, attorney Francis Scott Key watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore during the War of 1812 from on-board the British warship HMS Tonnant. The poem he wrote about his experience became the American national anthem by Act of Congress in 1931.


The Star-Spangled Banner (1973)

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming.

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Author(s): Francis Scott Key
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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