Francis Scott Key

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Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779 - January 11, 1843) was an American lawyer and poet. He is best known for writing "The Star-Spangled Banner", which is the national anthem of the United States of America, a country in the continent North America He went to college at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.[source?]

His mother was Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy (Charlton) and his father was Captain John Ross Key.

Key was an owner of slaves, and in the later administration of Andrew Jackson he was the United States Attorney in Washington, D.C.