Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863)

Clement C. Moore, of "Chelsea House" Manhattan, New York

He is best remembered as the author of the now famous poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas". He was a Professor of Greek and Hebrew, but to his detriment he was also a vociferous opponent of the liberation of slaves in New York. The house which he enlarged to become a mansion, Chelsea, had been acquired by his grandfather in 1750. From 1819, he developed the estate into what is now recognized as Chelsea Village, one of Manhattan's most desirable neighborhoods.