Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

New York

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


This name is one which has been familiarly connected with science and the fine arts for many years, and the bearers of it who emigrated to this country and their descendants have not allowed its luster to become dimmed. The members of this illustrious family came to America early in the seventeenth century. Several of their immediate descendants were in the revolutionary war, and bravely bore their share in that struggle.

(I) William Moore was born in North Anson, Somerset county, Maine, May 9, 1798, and died in 1853. His profession was that of civil engineer and architect. In his early manhood he went to the south and practiced his profession. He took up his residence first in the city of Mobile, Alabama. He planned and erected some of the finest public and private buildings in the south, where he accumulated a large fortune. He was largely interested in railroad and steamship lines and was an extensive landholder in Alabama, Texas, and other places. He owned a large number of slaves, which was necessary under the conditon of affairs then existing in the country. Upon his retirement from business in 1851 he gave them all their freedom papers, as well as a sufficient sum of money to each to give them their start in the various branches of skilled labor. Mr. Moore did not believe in slavery.
He married Almeda Wyman, who was born in Skowhegan, Maine, where her father was an editor for many years. She was a noted beauty, and miniatures of her were frequently painted by noted artists. Her brother, Hon. Asa N. Wyman, was a state senator in the legislature of Maine, but subsequently went to ....[cut off the top, sorry].....At the conclusion of that war he went from Mexico to California, and was one of the "Forty-Niners." Mr. Wyman was for many years editor and owner of several California papers. He died in Washington, in 1869.

(II) Hon. Edward Bruce Moore, son of William and Almeda (Wyman) Moore, was born on a farm near North Anson, Maine, Dec. 25, 1851. He was the youngest of a family of nine. His grandfather, William Paine, of Anson, Maine, was born in Woolwich, Maine, Nov., 1760, and died Oct. 14, 1846. He enlisted in the Continental army at the age of sixteen years; his military record being as follows: A private in Capt. Wiley's company, Col. Michael Jackson's regiment, in which he served from March 11, 1777 to Dec. 31, 1779. He participated in the battles of White Plains, Cherry Valley, Ticonderoga, Brandywine, and others. After his discharge [we're still talking about the grandfather here] from the army he was ordained in 1808 as a pracher in the Baptist church, with which he was identified until his death. He traveled extensively, and was an ardent worker in the interest of his church. He was married sixty years, and was the father of sixteen children.
Hon. Edward Bruce Moore was scarcely more than an infant when his father died, and his mother, in order to give her children greater advantages afforded by a new country, moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. His education was acquired in the public schools of Grand Rapids, and under private tuition. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. He took a two years review course at the National University Law School in Washington, D.C. His oldest brother, George Owen Moore, after traveling extensively in foreign countries, also took up his residence in Washington, where he was secretary under the Grand administration, to the Spanish and American Claims Commission. He was honored by receiving his appointment from both government, Spain and the U. S. He, like his mother, engaged in literary pursuits. His letters in the Washington and other papers, describing his travels, were widely read and copied.
Two other brothers, Heman N. and Malcolm M., both went into the army during the civil war, and were majors in the Fifth and Seventh Regiments of Cavalry, respectively, serving under General Custer. They were wounded and brought to Washington from the front. Their mother came on to nurse them, and finally, in 1865, she moved ....[cut off the top, dang I hate when that happens].....Washington, where they have since lived.
Edward Bruce Moore was a page in the United States senate during 1865-66, and with the exception of the few years he was away completing his education, has resided in Washington. He entered the service of the U. S. Patent Office as an assistant examiner in 1883. He rose through the various grades to law clerk to the commissioner, and principal examiner, and was then sent to Europe by President McKinely as a representative of the government to the Paris Exposition of 1900. Upon his return from Paris he was appointed on his record and wholly without political influence, Assistant Commissioner of Patents, which position he held until June, 1907, when he was appointed by President Roosevelt, Commissioner of Patents, which position he now (1908) holds. He was sent by the State Department in Aug., 1908, as the sole delegate representin the U. S. at the International Congress at Stockholm, Sweden. At the conclusion of that Congress he went to Berlin, where he was successful in negotiating a treaty with Germany, which abrogated the "Working Clause" in the patent laws of that country, for which effort he received the thanks of the Dept. of State, and the plaudits of the inventors, manufacturers, and exporters of the entire U.S. Mr. Moore was appointed to all the positions he ever held strictly through merit. He is the first Commissioner of Patents in a period of one hundred and eighteen years of our American patent system who was promoted through merit to the head of that most important and very highly technical bureau.
Mr. Moore has been president of the Michigan State Society of Washington, D.C., and is president of the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is a member of the Cosmos Club, Country Club, and the Press Club of Washington. He was made an honorary member at the same time with President Taft and Senator Carter, of Montana, of the legal fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. He has a very extensive acquaintance throughout the world with scientific men and prominent men in all walks of life.

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