City of Troy

Troy, New York, USA

Trial Before Christmas verdict day


“A Visit from St. Nicholas” was first published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel in 1823. Later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, there have also been claims that the poem was written by Henry Livingston Jr. The determination of which was the true author has not been settled as there are scholars on both sides of the question. In 2013 the first courtroom retrial, “Who Wrote “Twas the Night Before Christmas” was held in the Rensselaer County Courthouse. A verdict was not reached. The retrial was held again in 2014 and Henry Livingston was proclaimed the true author. Therefore, Henry Livingston Day was proclaimed for December 23rd in Troy.