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. He
graduated first in his class from Columbia College in 1798 and got a Masters
Degree from there in 1801.
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 New 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 was a 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.
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 at the Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum in Upper
Manhattan 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 Dickens' son, Alfred Tennyson Dickens, is interred here, as are John James Audubon and John Jacob Astor.
Follow the links below to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas followed by a reading comprehension based on this Christmas classic.