Francis Scott Key
The words, paired with a tune from a British social club, were immediately popular, but Key was dead 73 years before President Wilson ordered the song be used by the military.
Two-hundred years ago in September, the National Anthem was penned in Baltimore by Francis Scott Key. Of course, if we waited til then, we’d lose a whole summer to visit Charm City.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, at 13th and Locust in Center City, hosts a special display on a special day Monday.
In case you missed it, this year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, during which our National Anthem was written.