Written either by Clement Moore or Henry Livingston
(the authorship is contested) in the 19th century, this classic American poem established Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus, as we know him today.
Traditionally it has been credited to the New York professor of Greek and Oriental Literature Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), who included it among his Poems, but the descendants of Henry Livingston
(1748-1828), a Dutchess County army major, farmer, surveyor, and justice of the peace, claim that he wrote it and read it to his children around about 1808.
Others argue that it was written by the Poughkeepsie poet Henry Livingston
Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) included it in his 1844 Poems and has traditionally been credited with writing it, but the descendants of Henry Livingston
(1748-1828) claim that he composed it and read it to his family around 1808.
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Some think Moore didn't even write the poem, ascribing it instead to Henry Livingston
Well, four years ago an English professor proved that the original rhyme in which the names first appeared, (`'Twas the night before Christmas, And all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, Not even a mouse') was written by Major Henry Livingston
, (1748-1828) in 1807.
One person worked hard to prove that his great granddad, Major Henry Livingston
, wrote it.