Author: Joseph Hopkinson

Joseph Hopkinson, a Philadelphia lawyer and future Congressman and judge—as well as son of the patriot Francis Hopkinson, who signed the Declaration of Independence—penned words for the already famous musical composition by Philip Phile, “The President’s March.” Approached by Gilbert Fox, a local actor and singer who wanted to sing the song at an upcoming concert, Hopkinson wrote the poem overnight and gave it to Fox the next day. The rendition was an immediate success, and President John Adams caught the show a few nights after its opening.

Hail, Columbia

Joseph Hopkinson
This song was composed by German-American composer and musician Philip Phile (c. 1734–93) for the first inauguration of George Washington, in 1789. For most of the 19th century, the song was used as the unofficial national anthem of the United States, and is currently used as the entrance march for the Vice President of the United States.