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/A Visit from St. Nicholas," though his claim is still disputed by scholars who believe it was in fact penned by Harry Livingston. Moore 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. He married his wife in 1813 and was the father of eight children. 




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