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Clement Clarke Moore was the son of the Episcopal Bishop of New York, Benjamin Moore, and his wife Charity Clarke, heiress to a large Manhattan estate. He grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, and graduated from Columbia College. He became a professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, as well as Divinity and Biblical Learning, at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He is best remembered today as the author of the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" -- usually called "The Night Before Christmas" -- although it was published anonymously. The poem became one of the best-known in American history and had a large influence on ideas about Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus in the USA and beyond. A park and playground located at 10th Avenue and 22nd Street is named after him.
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