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Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) was a lawyer and author who penned the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, after he saw the flag still flying over Fort McHenry following 25 hours of bombardment by the British during the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814. Key was sent to Alabama by President Andrew Jackson in 1833 to quell tensions over Creek land cessions.
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