Francis Scott Key (1 August 1779 – 11 January 1843 / Carroll County, Maryland)
Francis Scott Key was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, who wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Francis Scott Key was born to Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy (Charlton) and Captain John Ross Key at the family plantation Terra Rubra in what was Frederick County and is now Carroll County, Maryland. His father John Ross Key was a lawyer, a judge and an officer in the Continental Army. His great-grandparents were Philip Key and Susanna Barton Gardiner, both born in London, England, immigrated to Maryland in 1726.
He studied law at St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland and also ... more »
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- Before The Lord We Bow
- Defence of Fort McHenry (Stars and Strip...
- Lord, with Glowing Heart I'd Praise Thee
- The Star-Spangled Banner
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O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,Francis Scott Key (1779-1843), U.S. poet. The Star-spangled Banner (l. 1-8). . . World's Best Loved Poems, The. James Gilchrist Lawson, comp. (192...
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,