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Biography of Major Henry Livingston, Jr.

Major Henry Livingston, Jr.

Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (1748 - 1828)

Major Henry Livingston Jr (1748 - 1828) was born into a prominent family in Poughkeepsie, New York. His father was from Scotland and his mother was Dutch. He married in 1774 to Sarah (or Sally) Wells. A year later, right after his first child (Catherine) was born, he joined the American Revolution. Henry suffered greatly from the death of his wife in 1783. This tradgedy left him alone to raise their four children. On the ten year anniversary of his wife's death however, he remarried. He and his second wife (Jane Patterson) had four children together. Then in 1828, at the age of eighty, he died. Some of his decendants have stated that he is the true author of A Visit From St. Nicholas.

Unlike the man who has been recognized by most people as the true author of A Visit From St. Nicholas, Clement Clarke Moore, Henry Livingston was not well known. Most of his peotry was written for himself and his family and therefore was not published. His published works were clever, amusing, funny and good natured. He was an imaginative and creative person who it is hard not to like. His personality is a big part of Donald Foster's argument in Author Unknown in which he states his opinion that Henry Livingston is the true author.

Although Henry Livingston never claimed authorship of A Visit From St. Nicholas many of his decendants, such as his great great great great great grand daughter Mary Van Deusen, are determined to prove that he wrote it. Some of his other works have also been promoted by those who want to prove his authorship.


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23 Poems written by Major Henry Livingston, Jr.

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3542 To My Little Niece Anne Duyckinck
3352 Epithalamium: A Marriage Poem
3264 To the Memory of Sarah Livingston
2957 Apostrophe
2920 Acrostic -- Eliza Hughes
2909 Account of a Visit From ST. Nicholas Comments and analysis of Account of a Visit From ST. Nicholas by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. 9 Comments
2901 To My Little Niece Sally Livingston
2703 The Crane & The Fox, a Fable Comments and analysis of The Crane & The Fox, a Fable by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. 13 Comments
2655 Hiding Place
2463 The Dance
2336 Careless Philosopher's Soliloquy
2260 Acknowledgement
2233 An Elegy on the Death of Montgomery Tappen
2075 1819 New Year's Carrier's Address Comments and analysis of 1819 New Year's Carrier's Address by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. 3 Comments
2010 On my Sister Joanna's Entrance into Her 33rd Year
1975 Dialogue Comments and analysis of Dialogue by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. 2 Comments
1681 The Vine & Oak, A Fable
1638 A Tenant of Mrs. Van Kleeck
1636 To the Memory of Henry Welles Livingston
1579 Letter Sent to Master Timmy Dwight
1509 Catharine Breese Livingston
1437 The Procession
394 The IX Ode to Horace


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