Irving was named for George Washington; his parents were admirers of General Washington? From 1842-46, Irving served as U.S. ambassador to Spain? Irving is indirectly responsible for the name of the NBA?s New York Knicks. Irving wrote A History of New York in 1809 under the pseudonym of Diedrich Knickerbocker; the term ?Knickerbocker? came to mean anyone from New York.
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