Family Tree Tuesday – William Henry Moore
William Henry Moore was an attorney and financier. He and his brother James Hobart Moore controlled several makers of primary or finished steel products such as National Steel, American Tin Plate Company, American Steel Hoop Company and American Sheet Steel Metal. These four corporations were among the ten that were merged to form United States Steel.
William Moore was born in 1848 to Nathaniel Ford Moore, a prominent banker and merchant in Utica, New York and Rachel Beckwith. He had mocked Andrew Carnegie for knowing how to make steel and nothing about “making securities, preferred and common stocks and bonds” during the initial attempt to take over Carnegie Steel Company. After losing $1.1 million on that 90-day option, a subsequent attempt was successful with the assistance of J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller creating U.S. Steel.
Moore had formed the New York Biscuit Company in 1889 by acquiring the Pearson & Sons Bakery, Josiah Bent Bakery, and six other bakeries, the company was later named Nabisco. He married Ada Small, their son Paul Moore, Sr. was founder of Republic Aviation.
Paul Moore, Sr. married Fanny Mann Hanna, who was a member of the Citizens Committee for Planned Parenthood of the American Birth Control League. She was also the first female director of the Episcopal Church Foundation. Their son was The Right Reverend Paul Moore, Jr., a bishop of the Episcopal Church and served as the 13th Bishop of New York from 1972 to 1989. He was a highly decorated Marine Corps captain, a veteran of the Guadalcanal Campaign during World War II earning the Navy Cross, a Silver Star and a Purple Heart.
Honor Moore is the daughter of Rt. Rev. Paul Moore, Jr. and Jenny McKean. She is an American writer of poetry, creative nonfiction and plays. She has received awards in poetry and play writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission for the Arts and in 2004 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Moore wrote a memoir of her relationship with her father, The Bishop’s Daughter, which was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times, a Favorite Book of 2008 by the Los Angeles Times, and chosen by the National Book Critics Circle as part of their “Good Reads” recommended reading list.
Did you know that after Moore attended Amherst College for a few years, he sought adventure in the American West? He became known to Sitting Bull and Moore returned to the American Midwest on Sitting Bull’s advice.
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