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Philip Barton Key, II
Birth: Apr. 5, 1818
Death: Feb. 27, 1859

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. Buried in Washington, DC's Oak Hill Cemetery. His memorial depicted here is a cenotaph. (bio by: Ethan F. Bishop) 
 
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 Parents:
  Francis Scott Key (1779 - 1843)
  Mary Tayloe "Polly" Lloyd Key (1784 - 1859)
 
 Siblings:
  Maria Lloyd Key Steele (1803 - 1897)*
  Elizabeth Phoebe Key Howard (1803 - 1897)*
  Francis Scott Key (1806 - 1866)*
  Anna Arnold Key Turner (1811 - 1884)*
  Philip Barton Key (1818 - 1859)*
  Philip Barton Key (1818 - 1859)
  Alice Key Pendleton (1823 - 1886)*
  Charles H. Key (1827 - 1869)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Westminster Burial Ground *
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
*Cenotaph [?]
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Sep 14, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9458197
Philip Barton Key, II
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Philip Barton Key, II
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It should have never happen to you.
- Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 23, 2014
Hope that your soul is at peace, and you are beyond the horrible fear and pain of those last moments.
- J.B.
 Added: May. 17, 2013

- Stacey
 Added: Apr. 18, 2013
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