FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
- Born August 1st, 1779
- Was a well known American Lawyer
- Was an amatyeur Poet
- During the War of 1812 Key and 2 others were sent to negotiate the release of prisoners. They were not permited to return because they had become informed of the British strength and position and the intent to attack Baltimore. Thus, Key was unable to do anything but watch the bombarding of the American forces at Fort McHenry. At dawn he was able to see the American Flag still waving and he reported this to the prisoners below deck. He wrote the Star Spangled Banner from his memmory of thievent.
- Two Bridges are named in his honor in Virginia and Washington DC
- St. John’s College where Keys graduated from in 1796 has an auditorium named in his honor
- Key died at the home of his daughter in 1843