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The Star-Spangled Banner
By Tammy Scarbrough
1 Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779. He was the son of a soldier that fought in the Revolutionary War. President George Washington even visited their home one day when Francis was a child. Key had five brothers and five sisters. In 1803, the Keys moved to the District of Columbia. Francis worked as a lawyer in his uncle's law firm.
2 Key was very religious and sang with the Georgetown Glee Club. He even wrote a hymn, "Lord, with Glowing Heart I'd Praise Thee." It was during this time that England and the United States began to get upset with each other. In 1812, the United States declared war on England to gain permanent independence from the country.
3 The British attacked Washington, D.C., in 1814. British soldiers set fire to the United States Capitol building and the White House. During this attack, one of Key's friends, William Beanes, was captured by British soldiers. Key helped to get Beanes released from the troops. Both men left and boarded a boat on the Potomac River.
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