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Francis Scott Key
Date Issued: 1948-08-09
Postage Value: 3 cents

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Francis Scott Key
Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key was a Maryland lawyer and poet. In 1814 he wrote the words to The Star Spangled Banner, which became the U.S. national anthem by a 1931 congressional act. His other verses and songs are collected in Poems of the Late Francis S. Key, published in 1857. Key also wrote a study titled The Power of Literature and Its Connection with Religion in 1834.

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