Irving, Washington

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Irving, Washington Gender: M
born on 3 April 1783 at 20:30 (= 8:30 PM )
Place New York, USA, 40n42, 74w00
Timezone LMT m74w00 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 14°10' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 09°41 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 09°13'

Washington Irving


American writer, essayist and historian known for his biographies, satire and humor. The son of a wealthy merchant, he was educated at private schools and entered law practice from 1798, passing the bar in 1806. From 1810 he entered his brothers importing business, taking charge of the Liverpool office until the company went bankrupt in 1817.

Stories of his, which appeared serially from 1819 to 1820, included the classics "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." After some time in Germany and France, Irving became the diplomatic attaché in Spain from 1826 and continued to gather material for his writings. Serving at the American Legation in London 1829-1831, he returned to America where a lengthy trip through the west resulted in further noted writing. In 1835, he published "A Tour on the Prairies." His final government job was in diplomatic service in Spain, 1842-1846, returning to the U.S. until his death.

Irving died on 11/28/1859, Sunnyside, New York. He was elected to the Hall of Fame For Great Americans in 1900, the first American writer to achieve international fame.

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  • Social : End a program of study 1806 (Passed his bar exam)
  • Work : New Job 1810 (Brothers importing business in Liverpool, seven yrs.)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1820 (Noted publication, "The Sketch Book")
  • Work : New Job 1826 (Diplomatic attache to Spain)
  • Work : New Job 1829 (American Legation in London)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1835 ("A Tour on the Prairies")
  • Work : New Job 1842 (Diplomatic service in Spain, four yrs.)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 28 November 1859 (Age 76)
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  • Work : Prize 1900 (Elected to Hall of Fame For Great Americans)

Source Notes

R. H. Oliver quotes the Irving family Bible, given by the Tareytown museum


  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty (Satire)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Affluent family)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never, was engaged, fiance died)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Extensive)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field (Fame and fortune)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Wrote under two pseudonyms)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Rep. of import business)
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney (Minor)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (Attache-diplomat to foreign countries)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Great Americans)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book