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Governor Arch A. Moore

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Office Dates:  Jan 13, 1969 - Jan 17, 1977 , Jan 14, 1985 - Jan 16, 1989

NGA Chair

Born:  Apr 16, 1923

Passed:  Jan 07, 2015

Birth State:  West Virginia

Party:  Republican

Family:  Married S. Shelley Riley; three children

School(s):  West Virginia University

National Office(s) Served:  Representative

Military Service:  Army

Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart

ARCH A. MOORE JR. was born in Moundsville, West Virginia. A recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, Governor Moore is a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He received his bachelor's degree in 1948 and a law degree in 1951 from West Virginia University. He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1952. In 1956, he won election to the first six consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected governor in 1968 and served two consecutive four-year terms. In 1984, he was elected to a third term. He chaired the Southern States Energy board and the Southern Governors' Association. He was chairman of the National Governors Association (then called the National Governors Conference) from 1971-1972.


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

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