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Death of Francis Scott Key, author of the "Star Spangled Banner"...



Item # 557147

January 14, 1843

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 14, 1843

* Death of Francis Scott Key, author of the national anthem

The back page has a small report under the "death" reports noting: "Francis Key, esq. late U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, died suddenly whilst on a visit to his son-in-law, Mr. Howard, of Baltimore on the 12th instant. He was a man of a very high order of talent...He was author of the deservedly popular national song, "The Star Spangled Banner"--and every banner waved yesterday half mast in mourning at the announcement of his death..." with a bit more (see).

Other articles of interest within this issue include those headed:

"Appointments by the President"
State-by-state news reports
"The Financial State of the Country"
"General Jackson & The Fine"
Much reporting from Congress

The issue also has a report re: Sante Fe which reads, "Capt. Kendall, in describing Santa Fe, says it is a little mud-built city, that stands between civilization and the jumping off place."

This issue is complete in 16 pages, measures 8 1/2 by 12 inches, in very nice condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia: "Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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