On this day November, 16, 1895, Samuel Francis Smith was about to board a train. He never boarded that train as he collapsed dead. He was the author of one of America’s best-known patriotic songs: “America..”

Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of liberty,

To Thee we sing.

Long may our land be bright

With freedom’s holy light;

Protect us by thy might,

Great God our king.

Death of Samuel Francis Smith

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