Biography of Harold Q. Moore

Having delayed his entrance into the business world in order to serve with the armed forces of the United States during the World War, Mr. Moore, after some two years’ distinguished overseas service, became connected, in 1920, with the George C. Moore Elastic Webbing Company, of Westerly, one of the leading industrial establishments of this town, founded by his father. He quickly showed that he had inherited his father’s well known business and executive ability and for a number of years has been one of the executive officers of the company. Naturally his position in the business world is of prominence. Mr. Moore is a member of several fraternal and patriotic organizations, takes an active interest in civic and religious affairs, and in every respect is regarded as one of the representative and substantial of the younger generation of Westerly’s business men.

Harold Q. Moore was born in Rochester, Massachusetts, January 16, 1895, a son of George C. and Elizabeth (Fahey) Moore. His father, who was born at Congleton, England, has been engaged successfully in the textile business throughout his entire active business career and is the founder of the George C. Moore Company, of Westerly. Mr. Moore’s mother is a native of Easthampton, Massachusetts. Having received his early education in the public grammar and high schools of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Moore became a student at the Rhode Island State College, where he was a member of the class of 1918. However, before he had concluded his studies at this institution, in 1917, he entered the military service of the United States. In August of that year he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve Corps, and in October, 1917, he received a provisional commission for the same rank in the United States Regular Army. He sailed for France in March, 1918, and continued to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces in France until November, 1919. During this period he participated in all of the leading battles, in which American troops were engaged, including the fighting in the Champagne, the Marne-Ainse and the Meuse-Argonne campaigns, the battle of St. Mihiel and the battle of Chateju-Thierry. He was wounded twice in action and was cited by General Pershing for bravery in action. When he received his honorable discharge, in November, 1919, he held the rank of first lieutenant, United States Army, Infantry Corps. Soon after his return to this country, in 1920, he became associated with the George C. Moore Company of Westerly. In order to gain a thorough knowledge of all branches of this business, he spent some time in its various departments. Since 1922 he has been vice-president of the company and has taken a very active and effective part in its management. He is also a member of the board of managers of the Westerly Branch of the Industrial Trust Company. Ever since his college days he has been a member of Rho Iota Kappa Fraternity and he is also a member of the Rock of Marne Camp, No. 138, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and of the Westerly Post, American Legion. In politics he is a supporter of the Republican party, while his religious affiliation is with the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception of Westerly. His principal hobby is gardening.

Mr. Moore married, in 1920, Dorothy Elizabeth West, a native of Providence. Mr. and Mrs. Moore are the parents of one daughter, Dorothy Marie.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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