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Clement Clarke Moore

Clement Clarke Moore , born July 15, 1779 in New York, New York. He came from a prominent family, his father was Benjamin Moore, Episcopal Bishop of New York, Rector of Trinity Church, and President of Columbia College. His mother was Charity Clark. He was the only child, and his early education was conducted at home. He graduated from Columbia in 1798. A biblical scholar, he was professor of Asian and Greek literature at the Episcopal General Theological Seminary,He became a well-known and respected scholar and, typical for an educated person of his period, Moore's publications related to a wide variety of topics such as religion, languages, politics, and poetry. At the age of thirty, he compiled a Hebrew lexicon, the first work of its kind in America. He was forty-three when he wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas"beeter known as "Twas the Night Before Christmas" in 1822, but it was not until he was sixty-five that  he had it published at the request of his children and that he first acknowledged that he was the author of the famous verses by including the poem in the small book of his poetry entitled Poems. He translated Juvenal, edited his father's sermons, wrote treatises and political pamphlets, including his well-known 1804 attack on our third President Thomas Jefferson. Despite his scholarship, it was the simple but magical poem about the mysterious Christmas Eve visitor that has kept the memory of Clement Clarke Moore alive. Although he was embarrassed for most of his life that his scholarly works were overshadowed by what he publicly considered a frivolous poem, Moore will forever be remembered as the person who truly gave St. Nicholas to the world. The poet of Christmas Eve lived a long and productive life and died in Newport, Rhode Island,in his summer home, on July 10, 1863, just a few days short of his eighty-fourth birthday. Along with members of his family, he is buried in the Washington Heights area of New York City, in Trinity Cemetery at the Church of the Intercession on Upper Broadway at 155th Street.

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