MOODY, William Henry

MOODY, William Henry
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1853–1917

Biography

MOODY, William Henry, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Newbury, Mass., December 23, 1853; was graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., in 1872 and from Harvard University in 1876; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1878 and practiced in Haverhill, Mass.; city solicitor 1888-1890; district attorney for the eastern district of Massachusetts 1890-1895; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William Cogswell; reelected to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from November 5, 1895, until his resignation May 1, 1902; appointed Secretary of the Navy in the Cabinet of President Theodore Roosevelt and served from May 1, 1902, until July 1, 1904; Attorney General of the United States July 1, 1904, to December 12, 1906; appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States December 3, 1906, and served from December 16, 1906, until his retirement by special act of Congress approved June 23, 1910, on account of ill health; died in Haverhill, Mass., July 2, 1917; interment in Byfield Cemetery, Georgetown, Mass.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Haverhill Historical Society

Haverhill, MA
Papers: 1892-1952. ca. 500 items. Correspondence, speeches, transcripts of Lizzie Borden trial, scrapbooks, and other papers relating to his positions as Secretary of the Navy, Attorney General, and Congressman. Card catalog in repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1879-1916. 17 containers.

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA
Papers: 1896-1908. 12 items. Letters relating to Salem Club, politics, relations with Cuba, and foreign policy. Unpublished inventory in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Heffron, Paul T. "Secretary Moody and Naval Administrative Reform: 1902-1904." American Neptune 29 (January 1969): 30-53.

McDonough, Judith Rene. "William Henry Moody." Ph.D. diss., Auburn University, 1983.

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