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Francis Scott Key

 
 
Francis Scott Key Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. Francis Scott Key Marker
Inscription.
1814 - 1914.

Francis Scott Key
1780 - 1843
Class of 1796
Author of
The Star-Spangled Banner

In loving memory of her distinguished son whose eulogy is written in the heart of this nation and whose fame has spread throughout the world.

 
Erected 1914 by Alumni Association of St. John's College.
 
Location. 38° 58.889′ N, 76° 29.475′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of College Avenue (Maryland Route 450) and Prince George Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is attached to the front wall of McDowell Hall, about 250 feet north of College Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King William's School (here, next to this marker); Alexander Magruder (within shouting distance of this marker); This Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to you, a free citizen in a free land (within shouting distance of this marker); For Civilization Liberty Country
Francis Scott Key Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2013
2. Francis Scott Key Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); St. John's College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberty Tree (about 300 feet away); The Birthplace of Charles Carroll, Barrister (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Categories. EducationNotable PersonsWar of 1812
 
Francis Scott Key image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 12, 2017
3. Francis Scott Key
This c. 1796 portrait of Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) by Rembrandt Peale hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“On September 13, 1814, as the War of 1812 embarked on its third year, Francis Scott Key, an established Georgetown lawyer, traveled to Baltimore to negotiate the release of a hostage. Upon boarding a ship in the city's harbor, he was detained by British forces during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, which lasted into the night. The next morning, Key saw the fort's American flag had not been removed. Inspired by the sight, he wrote the poem ‘Defence of Fort McHenry’ which was set to a British tune and subsequently renamed ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson began playing the song at official events, and in 1931, Congress adopted it as the national anthem.

This painting was made when Key and the artist Rembrandt Peale were young men. Key graduated from college in 1796, and Peale, a son of the renowned Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale, had recently shadowed his father during a portrait session with George Washington.” – National Portrait Gallery
McDowell Hall image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
4. McDowell Hall
View of McDowell Hall from College Avenue. Marker is attached to the front of this building.
National Historic District<br>Historic Annapolis Inc.<br>Site & Building Survey image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2013
5. National Historic District
Historic Annapolis Inc.
Site & Building Survey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,563 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 15, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on February 15, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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