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Clement Clarke Moore

Clement Clarke MooreBorn: 15-Jul-1779
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 10-Jul-1863
Location of death: Newport, RI
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Trinity Churchyard Cemetery, Manhattan, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Poet, Lexicographer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Biblical scholar, lexicographer, and sometimes poet. The authorship of his famous poem A Visit From St. Nicholas is disputed, the other contender being one Henry Livingston, Jr., whose verses are somewhat similar in nature. It was originally published anonymously in a New York newspaper in 1823, with Moore assuming credit when he published it in Poems (1844). American scholar Donald Foster has contested this in his work in his Author Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous (2000).

Father: Rev. Benjamin Moore (President of Columbia University)

    University: MA, Columbia University (1801)
    Professor: General Theological Seminary (1823-50)

Author of books:
A Compedious Lexicon of the Hebrew Language (1809, dictionary, 2 vols.)
Poems (1844, poetry)

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