39th New Jersey Governor, US Senator. Arthur Harry Moore was born in the Lafayette section of Jersey City. In 1911, Moore married Jennie Hastings Stevens. A Democrat, he entered politics in 1913. Supported by Mayor of Jersey City, Frank "Boss" Hague and his political machine, Moore was elected the 39th Governor of New Jersey in 1925, and served from 1926-28. Running on an anti-prohibition platform, he carried only three counties, but won by such a wide margin in Hudson County, he was able to carry the state. Since the State Constitution prohibited him from succeeding himself, he had to wait until 1931 to run again. With the country in the grips of the Great Depression, Moore easily won a second term and served from 1932 to 34. It was here that Moore gained national prominence when he took charge of the investigation into the Lindbergh baby kidnapping in 1932. In 1934, he was elected to the U.S. Senate for one term. Moore was not happy in Congress, which he referred to as the "Cave of Wind". Despite supporting Roosevelt's "New Deal" programs, he felt very uneasy with them. Moore resigned from the Senate in 1938, to serve a third term as Governor of New Jersey. Moore was the only Governor to serve three non-consecutive terms. His third term was marred with widespread charges of voter fraud in Hudson County. Moore refused to run for a fourth term, which brought him at odds with Mayor Hague. After 1941, Moore went into private law practice. Moore died from a heart attack while driving his car along Route 29 in Branchburg Township, N.J. in 1952.
Bio by: Frank McGady
Jennie Hastings Stevens Moore