Arch A. Moore Jr.

American politician (1923-2015)
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Arch Alfred Moore, Jr. (April 16, 1923 – January 7, 2015) was an American politician and former lawyer.[3] He began his political career as a state legislator in 1952. He was elected the 28th and 30th Governor of West Virginia from 1969 until 1977 and again from 1985 until 1989. He was a member of the Republican Party. His daughter, Shelley Moore Capito, is the current senator of West Virginia.

Arch Moore
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28th and 30th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 14, 1985 – January 16, 1989
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
Succeeded byGaston Caperton
In office
January 13, 1969 – January 17, 1977
Preceded byHulett Smith
Succeeded byJay Rockefeller
Chairperson of the National Governors Association
In office
September 15, 1971 – June 7, 1972
Preceded byWarren Hearnes
Succeeded byMarvin Mandel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byBob Mollohan
Succeeded byBob Mollohan
Personal details
Arch Alfred Moore, Jr.

(1923-04-16)April 16, 1923
Moundsville, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 2015(2015-01-07) (aged 91)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Shelley Riley (m. August 11, 1949 - September 13, 2014;her death)
Relationsgrandfather F. T. Moore, mayor of Moundsville
ResidenceGlen Dale, West Virginia
Alma materLafayette College
West Virginia University, Morgantown
Military service
Allegiance United States Army
Years of serviceMay 1943 - April 1946
U.S. Army sergeant's sleeve insignia
Battles/warsWorld War II - ETO

He was eventually prosecuted for and pleaded guilty to five felony charges. In 1990 he was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison. He served over three years before his release.


  1. Howard, Robert T. "Arch Alfred Moore, Jr., West Virginia '48" (PDF). Beta Theta Pi. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  2. Harold, Zack (April 16, 2013). "Former governor Arch Moore turns 90". Charleston Daily Mail. Charleston, West Virginia. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
  3. "Arch A. Moore, Jr". NNDB. Retrieved 2014-09-07.

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