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Philip Barton Key, II
Birth: Apr. 5, 1818
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1859
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Murder Victim. He was the son of Francis Scott Key, the author of the "Star Spangled Banner." In February 1859 he was shot and killed by Congressman (later Civil War Union General) Daniel E. Sickles in Lafayette Square across the street from the White House for allegedly having an affair with Sickles' wife. Sickles stood trial for the crime and his attorney, Edwin Stanton, later Secretary of War under Lincoln, got him acquitted on a plea of "temporary insanity". This was the first time this plea was ever successfully presented in a United States court. After the trial Sickles admitted to the judge that he meant to kill Key, but he was then protected by the "Double Jeopardy" which prevents a person from being tried for the same crime twice. The cast iron fence that stood around Lafayette Square in 1859 now stands around the Gettysburg National Cemetery, brought there through Sickles urging. (bio by: EFB III) 
Family links: 
  Francis Scott Key (1779 - 1843)
  Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key (1784 - 1859)
  Ellen Swan Key (1818 - 1855)*
  James Swan Key (1852 - 1910)*
  Alice Lloyd Key Potter (1855 - 1888)*
  Elizabeth Phoebe Key Howard (1803 - 1897)*
  Maria Lloyd Key Steele (1805 - 1897)*
  Francis Scott Key (1806 - 1866)*
  Anna Arnold Key Turner (1811 - 1884)*
  Philip Barton Key (1818 - 1859)
  Mary Alicia Key Pendleton (1824 - 1886)*
  Charles Henry Key (1827 - 1869)*
*Calculated relationship
Westminster Burial Ground
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Sep 14, 2004
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Philip Barton Key, II
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