Francis Scott Key - age: 63

Francis Scott Key

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Lawyer, author, and poet who wrote the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner," which would later become the U.S. National Anthem.He defended Sam Houston in 1832 during Houston's trial for assaulting a Congressional colleague. He served from 1833 until 1841 as a United States District Attorney.He set his lyrics for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to John Stafford Smith's famous tune "To Anacreon in Heaven." It was officially declared the National Anthem by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 via an Executive Order, then by a Congressional resolution in 1931 that was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

BEFORE FAME

He was inspired to write the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the bloody attack of Fort McHenry by the British forces while aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant.

PERSONAL LIFE

He married Mary Polly Taylor Lloyd on January 19, 1802, and they had nine children together.

FUN FACTS

Composer Francis Scott Key were born on Sunday, birthstone is Peridot, the seaon was Summer in the Chinese year of , it is 205 days until Francis Scott Key next birthday.

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