Francis Scott Key
Lyrics of “The Anacreonic Song,” the official song of the London Anacreontic Society written in the 1770s by Ralph Tomlinson and John Stafford Smith. America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to its tune. (Several versions are available for listening on YouTube.)
On Saturday, Americans will have a special occasion to raise the Star Spangled Banner and sing its song.
A foreign army invaded Washington, D.C., burned the U.S. Capitol and the president’s mansion before going on to defeat an American military force that outnumbered the invaders 2 to 1.