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3 April 1783: Washington Irving, American Dreamboat

Washington Irving, a titan in the annals of American Literature, was born on 3 April 1783.

“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.”-Washington Irving

Surprisingly, the father of Ichabod and Rip was something of a dreamboat as a young man.

Washington Irving at 22

Washington Irving at 22.

Portrait of Washington Irving by John Wesley Jarvis, 1809

Portrait of Washington Irving by John Wesley Jarvis, 1809.

Washington Irving in 1820

Washington Irving in 1820.