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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - J. H. Moore

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


J. H. MOORE - One of the editors and proprietors of the Champaign Union, was born in Troy, Ohio, February 21, 1837, and is the second of three boys, of John L. MOORE, D. D., and Nancy (GREEN) MOORE. The Rev. J. D. MOORE, a native of N. Y., was a Baptist clergyman. He graduated at Hamilton University, N. Y., and came to Ohio, where he spent forty years in evangelical work. He is known in every school district of the state, and the good work he established will go on. He moved to Kansas, locating twelve miles north-west of Topeka, where he lived for five years, and until his death, January 23,1878. He died in the seventy-fourth year of his age, having been engaged in the divine work for almost half a century. His wife died in November, 1858. The great-grandfather of Dr. Moore, settled in Conn., prior to the Revolutionary war. The family is of English descent. Mr. J. H. Moore, our subject, received his education principally at Wittenburg College, Springfield, Ohio. He also attended the Dennison University at Granville, Ohio. After leaving school, he learned the printing business, at Springfield, Ohio, where he remained until September, 1859, when he came to Bloomington, Ill., and worked in the office of the Daily Pantagraph until August, 1862, at which time he enlisted in company A of the 94th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. Remained in the service three years; was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of service. The principal battle in which he participated was at Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Soon after this he was detailed and served in the quartermaster's department. On his return to Bloomington, Il., after the war he resumed his trade with the Wakefield Printing Establishment, until November, 1872, then purchased an interest in the Bloomington Republican. In May, 1873, he established the Observer, at Rossville, Ill., however retaining his interest in the Bloomington Republican until the following August. He remained at Rossville, until May, 1877, at which time he sold The Observer, came to this city, and purchased an interest in the Champaign Union, with which paper he is now concerned. Mr. Moore was married January 11th, 1859, to Miss Hannah DAVIDSON, daughter of Joseph and Ann DAVIDSON, or Springfield, Ohio. By this union they have two children, one daughter and one son. Mr. Moore and wife are members of the Baptist church. In politics, Mr. Moore is identified with the National Greenback party.

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