Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner,” written during the War of 1812, was only later put to music. But it wasn’t until 1931 that President Herbert Hoover declared the song to be the U.S. national anthem. As a lay leader in the Episcopal Church, Key also taught Sunday school. As the Vice President of the American Sunday School Union from its inception in 1824 until his death in 1843, he was responsible for helping establish Sunday schools in America. His poem for the 1832 Episcopal hymnal included “Lord, with Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee.” He was an early supporter of the American Bible Society and often referenced the Bible. He wrote to his children: “Read your Bibles every morning and evening . . .”

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