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Signed sepia-toned cabinet card photo of Samuel Francis Smith, the man who wrote the hymn America
Photograph Mount signed: "S. Fr. Smith." B/w sepia-toned, 4¼x6 overall, image 4x5¼ (two surfaces). After a visit to Germany in 1831, 23-year-old theological student Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895), impressed that German children started their school day by singing a hymn, wrote a patriotic hymn using a simple German melody. Coincidentally, the melody was the same as that of the British national anthem, "God Save the King". Smith jotted down the complete hymn on a piece of scrap paper within half an hour, and the result, "America", was first sung at a children's celebration in Boston's Park Street Church on July 4, 1832. George Gershwin used Smith's phrase "Of Thee I Sing" as the title of his 1932 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted the entire first stanza as he concluded his "I have a dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Stray ink smudge on mount above signature. Slightly soiled at upper left and right edges of mount. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 21, 1808 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died: November 16, 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts

Film Credits
2010 The Big Bang Theory (Sound), 2009 Bandslam (Sound), 2009 10 Things I Hate About You (Sound), 2007 Creature Comforts America (Sound), 2001 The Attic (Sound), 1995 The Critic (Sound), 1995 Animaniacs (Sound), 1990-2011 The Simpsons (Sound), 1990 The Wonder Years (Sound), 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming (Sound), 1976 Good Times (Sound), 1974 Where the Lilies Bloom (Sound), 1974 Happy Days (Sound), 1957 Cheyenne (Sound), 1956 Gaby (Sound), 1953 Little Johnny Jet (Sound), 1947 Junction 88 (Sound), 1946 Wild Beauty (Sound), 1944 Mackinac Island (Sound), 1944 Buffalo Bill (Sound), 1943 Salt Lake Diversions (Sound), 1943 Hitler's Children (Sound), 1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy (Sound), 1942 Joe Smith, American (Sound), 1939 The Bill of Rights (Sound), 1939 Let Freedom Ring (Sound), 1939 Barricade (Sound), 1938 The Declaration of Independence (Sound), 1938 Penrod's Double Trouble (Sound), 1937 The Great O'Malley (Sound), 1936 Give Me Liberty (Sound), 1935 The Perfect Tribute (Sound), 1935 Bordertown (Sound), 1933 Made on Broadway (Sound), 1932 The Washington Masquerade (Sound), 1931 Penrod and Sam (Sound), 1930 Back Pay (Sound)

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