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 William Henry Moody

William Henry Moody

Birth
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 2 Jul 1917 (aged 63)
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Georgetown, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 5702 · View Source
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Jurist, US Congressman, Presidential Cabinet Member, and US Supreme Court Associate Justice. A member of the Republican Party, he represented Massachusetts's 6th district in the US House of Representatives from November 1895 until May 1902, served as the 35th Secretary of the Navy from May 1902 until June 1904, was appointed the 45th US Attorney General from July 1904 until December 1906, and served as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court from December 1906 until November 1910. After graduating from Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1876, where he befriended future US President Theodore Roosevelt, he attended Harvard law School but dropped out after only four months. He then read law and passed the Massachusetts bar exam, and was elected city solicitor for Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1888. In 1890 he was appointed US Attorney for Eastern Massachusetts, during which time he gained nationwide notoriety for assisting in the prosecution of the Lizzie Borden murder case. In 1895 he was elected to the US House of Representatives, serving on the Appropriations Committee. While in Congress, he was appointed as Secretary of the Navy by President Roosevelt in May 1902, serving until June 1904 when President Roosevelt appointed him as US Attorney General. In December 1906 President Roosevelt nominated him to replace US Supreme Court Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown who had retired due to his failing eyesight, and he was confirmed by the US Senate in the same month. During his tenure, he wrote 67 opinions and 5 dissents, most notably Twining v. New Jersey (1908), Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company v. Mottley (1908), and the Employers Liability Cases (1908). He suffered from severe rheumatism and left the bench in May 1909, but did not officially retire until May 1910. He died at the age of 63. The Navy destroyer USS Moody (service life 1919 to 1930) was named in his honor.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 5702
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Moody (23 Dec 1853–2 Jul 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5702, citing South Byfield Cemetery, Georgetown, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .