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Full Name: Washington Irving
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(1783-1859) Author, essayist, travel writer. Irving was born at 131 William Street in New York City and later lived at 428-434 Lafayette Avenue. One of the legends of American literature, Irving bought a manor in Tarrytown in 1835, called Sunnyside. Irving maintained the residence for over 20 years, living there between 1835-1842 and then again from 1848-1859 (the intervening years were spent as U.S. Ambassador to Spain). Irving wrote short stories, essays, volumes of history, travel books, etc. His best-known works include the comic history "A History of New York" (1809), under the pseudonym Dietrich Knickerbocker; "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." (1819-20); and the five-volume "Life of George Washington" (1855-59). Irving was also the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," two famous American folk-tales. Leeds is the setting for the story "Rip Van Winkle." Sunnyside still stands today and has been transformed into a museum. He died at Sunnyside and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, near the Old Dutch Church on Broadway.
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1819 Greene County
Rip Van Winkle
The town of Leeds is the setting for this story.  
1835 Westchester County
Irving bought a manor in Tarrytown, New York, in 1835, called Sunnyside. Irving maintained the residence for over 20 years, living there between 1835-1842 and then again from 1848-1859 (the intervening years were spent as U.S. Ambassador to Spain). 
1783 New York County
Washington Irving was born at 131 William Street in Manhattan, New York, on April 3, 1783. 
1859 Westchester County
Washington Irving died in Tarrytown, New York, on November 28, 1859. 
1809 (Unknown) County
A History of New York
Mr Irving wrote his best-known work, the comic history, "A History of New York," under the pseudonym Dietrich Knickerbocker. 
1819 (Unknown) County
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Collection of short stories and essays. 
1855 (Unknown) County
Life of George Washington
Biography in five-volumes, "Life of George Washington" (1855-1859). 
1819 Columbia County
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Irving wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" while staying in Kinderhook, New York. 
1859 Westchester County
Washington Irving was interred at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York. 
? Rensselaer County
Father Knickerbocker Tales
Irving wrote the "Father Knickerbocker Tales" while living at the Knickerbocker Mansion in Schaghticoke, New York. 
? New York County
Mr. Irving lived at 428-434 Lafayette Avenue in New York City.  

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