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Clement Clarke Moore

Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, New York County, New York, United States
Death: July 10, 1863 (83)
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Place of Burial: GPS (lat/lon): 40.83355, -73.94922, Manhattan, New York, New York County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Bishop Benjamin Right Moore, D.D. and Charity Moore
Husband of Catherine Elizabeth Moore
Father of Margaret Elliot Ogden; Charity Elizabeth Moore; Benjamin Moore; Mary Clarke Ogden; Clement Moore and 5 others

Occupation: Author, professor, Author of "Twas the Night Before Christmas"
Managed by: David Warren
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About Clement Clarke Moore

From Wikipedia:

Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 – July 10, 1863) was an American Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, as well as Divinity and Biblical Learning, at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in New York City. Located on land donated by the "Bard of Chelsea" himself, the seminary still stands today on Ninth Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets, in an area known as Chelsea Square. Moore's connection with that institution continued for over twenty-five years. He is the author of the yuletide poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", which later became famous as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".

Life and career

Moore was born on July 15, 1779, to Bishop Benjamin Moore – who headed the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and was twice the president of Columbia College – and Charity Clarke, whose father, Major Thomas Clarke, owned the Manhattan estate "Chelsea" where Moore was born. This estate would later pass to Charity Clarke and then to Moore, but he grew up in the Moore family residence in Elmhurst, Queens. He was a graduate of Columbia College (1798), where he earned both his B.A. and his M.A..

One of Moore's earliest known works was an anonymous pro-Federalist pamphlet published prior to the 1804 presidential election, attacking the religious views of Thomas Jefferson (the incumbent president and Democratic-Republican candidate). His polemic, titled in full Observations upon Certain Passages in Mr. Jefferson's Notes on Virginia, which Appear to Have a Tendency to Subvert Religion, and Establish a False Philosophy, focused on Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia (1785), which Moore concluded was an "instrument of infidelity".

In 1820, Moore helped Trinity Church organize a new parish church, St. Lukes in the Fields, on Hudson Street,[5] He later gave 66 tracts of land – his apple orchard – to the Episcopal Diocese of New York to be the site of the General Theological Seminary. Moore had written a Hebrew lexicon, and was made professor of Biblical learning at the Seminary, a post that he held until 1850.

Despite his objections to the Commissioner's Plan of 1811, which ran the new Ninth Avenue through the middle of his estate, Moore began the development of Chelsea with the help of James N. Wells, dividing it up into lots along Ninth Avenue and selling them to well-heeled New Yorkers. Covenants in the deeds of sale specified what could be built on the land – stables, manufacturing and commercial uses were forbidden – as well as architectural details of the buildings.

From 1840 to 1850, he was a board member of the New York Institution for the Blind at 34th Street and Ninth Avenue, which is now the New York Institute for Special Education. He compiled a Hebrew and English Lexicon (1809), and published a collection of poems (1844). Upon his death in 1863 at his summer residence in Newport, Rhode Island, his funeral was held in Trinity Church, Newport, where he had owned a pew. Then his body was interred in the cemetery at St. Luke in the Fields. On November 29, 1899, his body was reinterred in Trinity Church Cemetery in New York.

Moore opposed the abolition of slavery, and owned several slaves during his lifetime.


Clement Clarke Moore penned his famous poem on a visit from Santa while visiting his cousin, Mary McVicker at Constable Hall in what is now Constableville, NY.

As a girl, Moore's mother, Charity Clarke, wrote letters to her English cousins that are preserved at Columbia University and show her disdain for the policies of the English Monarchy and her growing sense of patriotism in pre-revolutionary days.

Clement Clarke Moore's wife, Catharine Elizabeth Taylor, was of English and Dutch descent being a direct descendant of the Van Cortlandt family, once the major landholders in the lower Hudson Valley of New York.

The Moore children have several living descendants including members of the Ogden family. In 1855, one of Clement's daughters, Mary C. Moore Ogden, painted "illuminations" to go with her father's celebrated verse.

Clement was an Author / Poet. He wrote several poems but is most famous for "The Night before Christmas". The clever poem was first published in the Troy, New York Sentinel in 1823.


Member of the New York Institute for Special Education's Board of Managers 1840-1850

Clement Clarke Moore was born on June 15, 1779 in New York City. Moore was the only son of Benjamin Moore, president of Columbia College and bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York. Hr geaduated first in his class from Columbia College in 1798 and got a Masters Degree from there in 1801.

Moore married Catherine Elizabeth Taylor in 1813, and they settled at Chelsea, in what was then a country estate outside New York City. Clement Moore is considered the savior of ew York's Greenwich Village. He wrote a 60-page pamphlet anonymously that argued against extending the orthogonal grid of streets into the village. His arguments were persuasive and the grid stopped at 6th Avenue and at 14th Street. He wasa professor of classics at the General Theological Seminary in New York and wrote a most famous scholarly work one the lexicon of the Hebrew language.

"A Visit From Saint Nicholas" (1822) was written as a Christmas gift for his children.

From 1840 to 1850, he was a member of our school's board of managers. The school was then known as The New York Institution for the Blind. The school was located on 34th Street and 9th Avenue during that era. The school moved to Pelham Parkway in the Bronx in 1922 and it is known as The New York Institute for Special Education.

He is buried at the Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum in Upper Manhatten between Broadway and Riverside Drive, at the Chapel of the Intercession (now The Church of the Intercession). The Trinity Cemetery uptown is a beautiful cemetery. Charles Dicken's son, Alfred Tennyson Dickens, is interred here, as are John James Audubon and John Jacob Astor. Etc. By NYISN

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Clement Clarke Moore's Timeline

July 15, 1779
New York, New York County, New York, United States
June 6, 1815
Age 35
New York, New York, United States
September 11, 1816
Age 37
New York, New York, United States
August 24, 1818
Age 39
New York, New York, United States
September 2, 1819
Age 40
New York, New York, United States
January 3, 1821
Age 41
New York, New York, United States
April 13, 1822
Age 42
New York, New York, United States
October 8, 1823
Age 44
New York, New York, United States
May 1, 1826
Age 46
New York, New York, United States