1779–1863
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Born: Ju­ly 15, 1779, New York Ci­ty.

Died: Ju­ly 10, 1863, New­port, Rhode Is­land.

Buried: Tri­ni­ty Ce­me­te­ry, Church of the In­ter­cess­ion, New York Ci­ty.

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Son of a bishop, Moore gra­du­at­ed at the top of his class from Co­lum­bia College in 1798.

Having in­her­ited large hold­ings in what is now Green­wich Vill­age in New York Ci­ty, Moore in 1819 of­fered the city 60 lots (in­clud­ing Chel­sea Square) to build a se­mi­na­ry.

Two years earlier, Moore had be­come a pro­fess­or of Bib­li­cal learn­ing at a Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal di­o­ces­an se­mi­na­ry, which sub­se­quent­ly merged with the Gen­er­al The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry as a result of Moore’s gift. Moore then be­came a pro­fess­or of Or­i­ent­al and Greek li­ter­a­ture, a post he held over 20 years.

In 1851, he helped found St. Pe­ter’s Church near the school, and was the church’s first or­gan­ist.

The se­cu­lar world best re­mem­bers Moore as the au­thor of The Night Before a Christ­mas (A Vi­sit from Saint Ni­cho­las).

  1. Lord of Life, All Praise Ex­cell­ing