Clement Clarke Moore

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Birthday
15, 1779
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jul 10, 1863 (83)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
15, 1779
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jul 10, 1863 (83)

About

American author who wrote the 1823 Christmas poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which later became known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." He also had a prominent career as a professor of divinity and literature.

Before Fame

He graduated from Columbia College in 1798 and went on to write an 1804 pamphlet that criticized then-presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson's religious beliefs.

Trivia

His description of St. Nicholas in his famous poem formed the basis for the modern idea of Santa Claus.

Family Life

His parents were named Charity Clarke and Benjamin Moore. He married Catharine Elizabeth Taylor, with whom he had several children.

Associated With

His image of Santa Claus influenced the performance of actor Edmund Gwenn in the classic Christmas film, Miracle on 34th Street.

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