Key Francis Scott
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Key(kē), Francis Scott 1779-1843.
American lawyer and poet who wrote "Defense of Fort M'Henry" after witnessing the British attack on Fort McHenry at Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814. The poem was set to the music of an 18th-century tune called "To Anacreon in Heaven," renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner," and adopted by Congress in 1931 as the national anthem.
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