Arundel History

March 19, 2006

1931: A new national anthem

This month marks the 75th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner" officially becoming the national anthem. The composer of the lyrics was Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and poet who graduated two centuries ago from St. John's College in Annapolis. As the story goes, Key was inspired to write the lyrics after witnessing the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 and seeing the battle flag still waving at Fort McHenry the next morning. After a long campaign led by Maryland congressman J. Charles Linthicum, the bill making the song the national anthem passed the Senate on March 3, 1931. President Herbert Hoover quickly signed it into law. Linthicum, who was born in Anne Arundel County, died Oct. 5, 1932.

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