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Below is a family biography included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1898.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DR. WILLIAM J. MOORE. The offices of Cortland County are administered in an able, intelligent manner by representative men, whose natural abilities and superior qualifications have admirably fitted them for the positions of trust to which they have been elected, and which they are, with scarcely an exception, filling in a most efficient manner. There are some whom long years of excellent service prove to be men who can be depended upon at all times to do the best in their power for the interests of the county and for the promotion of the general welfare. To such a class belongs the subject of this sketch, Dr. Moore, who is now filling out his ninth year of service as a coroner of the county, and making a record of which he may well be proud for uprightness and general trustworthiness. As a physician of repute and good standing he is well known, and his practice is extended and very remunerative in its returns.

His father, David Moore, was born in Ayreshire, Scotland, and was a son of Thomas Moore. He married Catherine Crosbie, daughter of James Crosbie of Dumfrieshire, Scotland, and in 1848 came to America, landing in Boston, Mass., where he resided one year, following his trade as a mechanic. From there he moved to New York City, and finally located in Newburg, N. Y., where he lived until 1861. In that year he went to Syracuse, N. Y., to accept a position as foreman of the New York Central R. R. Boiler Shops, and continued to make that city his home until his death in 1891, at the age of seventy years. As an evidence of his faithful service in the employ of the railroad, and of the confidence reposed in him, it is but necessary to point to the twenty years’ continuous connection with the company as the foreman of the shops mentioned above. It is by no means a common case, and it serves in this connection to throw light on the character of his son, our subject, who has inherited many of his parent’s most valuable traits. David Moore’s wife died October 31, 1897, at the age of seventy-seven. They favored the Presbyterian Church, and in his politics he fully identified himself with the Republican party. There were four children in the parental family, who were named as follows: James C.; David; William J., the subject of this writing; and Catherine (Davidson).

Dr. William J. Moore was born in Newburg, N. Y., September 17, 1858. Consequent upon the family’s removal to Syracuse when he was about three years of age, his education was obtained in the public and high schools of that city. He studied medicine under Dr. Crouse of Syracuse, and was also indebted to Dr. I. H. Searle for much valuable aid. He took his first lectures in the Syracuse Medical College, and finished his professional education in the University of New York City, graduating with the class of 1880. He practiced three years in North Syracuse, three years in Summer Hill, N. Y., and in 1886 established himself in Cortland, where he labored with successful results in the building up of a good practice.

In 1880 he married Emma A. Baum, and they have one son, Arthur St. John. Dr. Moore is a member of Cortlandville Lodge, No. 407, F. A. M., and also of the I. O. O. F., No. 1007. His relations with his brother practitioners are of the most friendly nature, and he is esteemed a valuable member of the Cortland County Medical Association, and also of the Central New York Medical Association. He has never been anything but a stanch Republican of the most pronounced type. As health officer of the village of Cortland he has served since 1887, and is now in his fourth term as coroner of the county. Dr. Moore’s portrait* is shown on a preceding page in proximity to this.

*An engraving was included in the original printed volume.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published in 1898. 

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