Arch Moore Campaign Button

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Arch Moore Campaign Button

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Campaign button from Governor Arch Moore's political campaigns.
Arch Alfred Moore Jr. was born into Republican politics in Moundsville, WV, on April 16, 1923, the grandson of the mayor and the nephew of a minority leader in the House of Delegates.
He attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania before being drafted into the Army in World War II. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart after being wounded in Europe. After the war, he graduated from West Virginia University and its law school and joined the family law firm.
Moore is the only West Virginia governor to serve three full terms, beginning in 1969, and the first sitting governor of the state to be formally charged with a crime. He was one of two Republicans to be elected governor of West Virginia in more than 80 years. A constitutional amendment passed in 1970, allowing him to become the first West Virginia in a century to succeed himself.
In 1978, Mr. Moore challenged incumbent senator, Jennings Randolph. Moore was outspent 5 to 1, but lost by fewer than 5,000 votes. He ran again for governor in 1980, losing to incumbent John D. Rockefeller IV, but regained the office four years later, defeating Democrat Clyde M. See Jr.
His tenure as governor was notable for road and bridge building projects, raises for teachers, improved benefits for welfare recipients and designation of black lung disease as a mining disability.

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Moore, Arch A., Jr. (Arch Alfred), 1923-2015

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Governor Arch A. Moore Jr. papers, West Virginia & Regional History Center

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