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Moyle was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory to a Cornish American family. He was the grandson of John Rowe Moyle, a Mormon pioneer and master stonemason for the Salt Lake Temple. From about 1879-1881 Moyle served as a missionary in North Carolina for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He then went to the University of Michigan where he received a law degree.
Moyle was the founder of the Utah Democratic Party. He was the Democratic Party's candidate for governor in the 1908 Utah election. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1917 to 1921 in the administration of Woodrow Wilson, the first member of the LDS Church to be appointed to a subcabinet position. He would later return to this position during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration.
From 1928 to 1933 he served as president of the Eastern States Mission of the LDS Church. This mission then covered New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey. During his administration West Virginia and Western Maryland were separated off into the East Central States Mission.
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