Howard Mason Gore

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Howard Gore
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17th Governor of West Virginia
In office
March 4, 1925 – March 4, 1929
Preceded byEphraim F. Morgan
Succeeded byWilliam G. Conley
8th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
November 22, 1924 – March 4, 1925
PresidentCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byHarry Wallace
Succeeded byWilliam Jardine
Personal details
Born(1877-10-12)October 12, 1877
Harrison County, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedJune 20, 1947(1947-06-20) (aged 69)
Clarksburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Roxie Gore
(m. 1906; died 1928)
EducationWest Virginia University, Morgantown (BA)

Howard Mason Gore (October 12, 1877 – June 20, 1947) was an American politician. He served as the 8th Secretary of Agriculture from 1924 to 1925, during the administration of President Calvin Coolidge, and he served as 17th governor of West Virginia from 1925 to 1929.


Gore was born in Harrison County, West Virginia, to farmer Solomon Deminion Gore and his wife Marietta Payne (née Rogers). Gore attended West Virginia University in 1900. He married the former Roxalene (Roxie) Corder Bailey on September 30, 1906. She died on March 7, 1907,[1] and he remained a widower in office.[2]

Gore served as president of the West Virginia Livestock Association from 1912 until 1916. He was appointed to the West Virginia State Board of Education from 1920 until 1925. On November 22, 1924, Gore served briefly as the Secretary of Agriculture following the death of his predecessor, Henry C. Wallace (1866–1924).

On November 4, 1924, Gore was elected Governor of West Virginia in the 1924 election. He assumed the governorship at the end of the partial first term of President Calvin Coolidge on March 4, 1925. Gore then served as the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture from 1931 until 1933.

He died in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on June 20, 1947. He is interred there in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Roxalene Corder Gore". geni_family_tree. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "West Virginia's First Ladies", West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.

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Political offices
Preceded by United States Secretary of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by