Washington Irving Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Washington Irving

Birthday :

April 3, 1783

Died On :

November 28, 1859

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Birth Place :

New York City, New York, United States of America

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Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783. He was an American Diplomat. He was an Author. He was also a Historian. He died on November 28, 1859.

Early Life

Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783, in New York. He was born to Sir William Irving and Sarah. He was brought up alongside eleven siblings. He had interest in Literature. In 1798, he left Manhattan due to health problems.



In 1802, Washington Irving began his literature career. He submitted letters to the New York Morning Chronicle. In 1804, he went to Europe where learnt of social and Conversational skills. In 1806, he took Law classes in guidance of Judge Josiah Ogden Hoffman. He passed his bar examinations. In 1807, he started publishing ‘Salmagundi’ his first Literature magazine. 

In 1809, he published ‘A History of New-York from the Beginning of the world to the End of the Dutch Dynasty’ as his first book. He later served Analectic Magazine as an Editor. He later reproduced a Key poem that belonged to Francis Scott. In 1812, he was opposed to a War of that moment.

In 1814, he served as a staff member at Daniel Tompkins office, a New York Governor. In 1815, he went to England due to the unsustainable condition of the War. He later created the Rip Van Winkle’s legendary character. In 1819, his book ‘The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon’ was published in New York by the help of his brother. He later appointed John Murray as his best publisher. In 1821, he explored Europe for new contents of his Sketch Book. In 1822, his book ‘The Bracebridge Hall’ was published. In 1823, he alongside John Howard Payne, a Playwright began French plays translation to English. He later published the ‘Tales of a Traveler’ collection. He later travelled to Paris to refurbish his literature on the book. In 1826, he went to Madrid following an invitation from Alexander Hill Everett.

Washington Irving started working on a new article after exposure to the American Library of Spanish History. In 1828, his new own-branded book ‘A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus’ was published. In 1829, he published ‘Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada’. He later published ‘Voyages and Discoveries of the Companions of Columbus’ as his Spanish books third venture. In 1829, he went to London. He was appointed the American Legation’s Secretary. He later took charge of aide-de-camp. He later took part to negotiate a trade between the United States and the British west indies. He later withdrew from the duties and dedicated his time in writing. In 1829, he embarked on finishing his article ‘Tales of the Alhambra’. In 1832, his article was published in the United States and England. He later returned to New York.

He afterward published his book ‘A Tour on the Prairies’ after touring the cities of the United States. In 1936, he produced Astoria’s, a fur trading company biographical account. In 1937, he published the ‘Adventures of Captain Bonneville’ book. He later served the Knickerbocker Magazine by writing essays and short stories. In 1842, he became the Spain Minister. In 1846, he returned to America. Washington Irving, later on, was involved in refurbishing George Palmer Putman’s works. He later wrote on Islamic prophet Muhammad’s articles, Oliver Goldsmith and George Washington’s biographies.


Awards And Achievements

In 1830, he was honored with a medal from the Royal Society of Literature.


Personal Life

Washington Irving was in a relationship with Emily with whom he didn’t marry. He died on November 28, 1859, of a heart attack. He was laid to rest at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. His home became a historical site. He died at the age of seventy-six.

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