Moore, Clement Clarke

BORN 15 Jul 1779, New York City, New York - DIED 10 Jul 1863, Newport, Rhode Island
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Riverside Drive 770 (Between 153th and 155th Street) (western half of the cemetery)

Clement Clarke Moore was educated at Columbia University, where his father Benjamin Moore was president. In 1809 he authored a Hebrew and English Lexicon.

In 1820 he helped Trinity Church with the establishment of the new church St. Luke in the Fields on Hudson Street. In 1821 he became Professor of Biblical Leaening at the General Theological Seminary in New York. He held this position until 1850. In 1844 he published "Poems", containing "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (first line: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas) that he had written in 1823.

He was an opponent of the abolition of slavery and owned slaves himself. He lived on a large estate named "Chelsea" on the West side of Manhattan. During his life the area was developed and it is still known as Chelsea.

After his death in 1863 he was buried at the cemetery of St. Luke in the Fields. In 1899 his remains were moved to Trinity Churchyard Cemetery.


The grave of Clement Clarke Moore at Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, New York City.
Picture by Androom (17 Apr 2010)


• Browning, D.C. (editor), Dictionary of Literary biography, Dent, London, 1958
Clement Clarke Moore - Wikipedia

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Published: 29 Oct 2010
Last update: 25 Feb 2022