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Clement Clarke Moore


(1779-1863) American writer. Clement Clarke Moore is perhaps most famous for "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which is also called "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Clement Clarke Moore Birth:

Clement Clarke Moore was born on July 15, 1779 in New York, New York. 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.

Clement Clarke Moore Death:

Clement Clark Moore died on July 10, 1863, in Newport, Rhode Island, at his summer home. He was buried in Trinity Cemetery, at the Church of the Intercession, in New York, New York.

Clement Clarke Moore Marriage:

Clement Clarke Moore married Catharine Elizabeth Taylor (19) in 1813. He was 34 at the time of his marriage. According to tradition and legend, Moore wrote "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" (also named "A Visit from St. Nicholas") in 1822 for his children on Christmas Eve, though his name wasn't linked with the poem until 1834.

Catharine died in 1830.

Clement Clarke Moore Achievements:

Although Clement Clark Moore is usually well-known for his Christmas classic, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," he wrote many other works, including a political pamphlet, a textbook, poetry, and more.

Clement Clarke Moore Lines from "A Visit From St. Nicholas":

"'Twas the night before Christman, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,--not even a mouse:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there."

"He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly."

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