P S Gilmore never felt that America was properly served by her anthem and so composed his own Anthem called Columbia based on the short history of this new country . In January and February 1880 he went on tour playing the anthem and measuring its popularity . Unfortunately typical of Gilmore , he had been to honest to history and mentioning the "Redman" in the first verse was not popular in 19th Century America . And so the Anthem was not adopted . However Gilmore in a later interview said that based on the reaction of the tour that the Anthem could be popular in 150 years . So lets watch around 2030 and see if he was right !