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Governor Arthur Harry Moore

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Office Dates:  Jan 19, 1926 - Jan 15, 1929 , Jan 19, 1932 - Jan 03, 1935 , Jan 18, 1938 - Jan 21, 1941


Born:  Jul 03, 1879

Passed:  Nov 18, 1952

Birth State:  New Jersey

Party:  Democratic

Family:  Married Jennie Hastings Stevens

School(s):  Cooper Union College, New Jersey Law School

National Office(s) Served:  Senator

A. Harry Moore, a three-term governor of New Jersey, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 3, 1879. His education was attained at Cooper Union College in New York, and at New Jersey Law School, where he earned an LL.B. degree in 1924. Moore first entered politics as secretary to the Jersey City mayor, a position he held from 1908 to 1911. He also served as the city collector from 1911 to 1913; and was the Jersey City commissioner from 1913 to 1925. Moore next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 3, 1925. He was reelected to a second term in 1931. During his first two terms, the state workmen's compensation law was improved; the state's "blue law" was modified; a narcotics bill was sanctioned; and a state planning board was formed. On January 3, 1935 Moore resigned from office, to take his seat in the U.S. Senate, a position he held until 1938. He won reelection to his final gubernatorial term on November 2, 1937, and was sworn into office on January 18, 1938. During his final tenure, the pari-mutuel system was initiated; and regulations were implemented on liquor and gasoline sales. After completing his final term, Moore retired from politics, returning to his legal career. Governor A. Harry Moore passed away on November 18, 1952, and was buried in the New York Bay Cemetery in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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