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Francis Scott Key was as unlikely a person as could be imagined to write the words to what would become the national anthem of the United States. Born in Maryland in 1749, he was a prominent attorney living just outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife and 11 children when hostilities broke out between the United States and Great Britain over the kidnapping of U.S. seamen and the disruption of trade with France. Key himself was staunchly opposed to the war due to his strong religious beliefs, and advocated that the dispute be settled without resorting to armed conflict. When a good friend of his, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, he was asked to try and help negotiate for his release. Beanes was being held on a British ship just off the coast of Baltimore, and Key was brought aboard to negotiate with the British naval commander for his release. His efforts were successful, but the British would not let them leave the ship until after they had completed a planned attack on nearby Ft. McHenry, fearing that Key and Beanes had overheard their plans, and would try to warn the American forces. Key was forced to watch from the British ship while the bombardment continued for a full day and into the night. When daylight broke the next morning, Key was surprised to see that the large American flag was still waving over the fort, meaning that the attack had failed. He was so inspired by the sight that he started writing a poem about it on the back of an envelope he had in his pocket. The work, which relied heavily on the visualizations of the battle he had witnessed, was titled "Defense of Fort McHenry", and was widely printed in handbills and newspapers. It was soon being sung the tune of a popular drinking song of the times named "To Anacreon in Heaven".
The song was not used for any official purposes until 75 years later when the U.S. Navy started having it played during ship christening ceremonies. It was named as the officia national anthem in 1931 in a congressional resolution that was signed into law by President Herbert Hoover.
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