Profile of the Day: Washington Irving
Do you remember reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? On April 3, 1783, author Washington Irving was born in New York City, New York. He was one of eleven children born to Scottish-English immigrants. The family belonged to the city’s small, vibrant merchant class. Born just as the American Revolution came to its end, Irving’s mother named him after the hero of the revolution, George Washington. At the age of six, Irving would meet his namesake after his inauguration as president in 1789.
Did you know that from 1842 – 1846, Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain?
Explore Washington Irving’s family tree and see how you’re connected to the early American writer.