J. Vreeland Moore

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James Vreeland Moore (August 18, 1824– July 8, 1903) was a brevet brigadier general of the 1st New Jersey Regiment who played a major role in the history of Leonia, New Jersey. A resident of Leonia for over 50 years, he was a member of the first council which was formed when Leonia was incorporated as a borough in 1894. He served as council president for two terms.

The following is the letter Moore wrote stating the name change from West Fort Lee to Leonia:

At a meeting of the residents of the neighborhood on the east of the Overpeck Creek and near to the Station, hitherto known as Fort Lee, on the Northern Railroad of New Jersey, on Monday, the thirteenth day of November instant, it was unanimously resolved to adopt the name of "Leonia" for said neighborhood.

— J. Vreeland Moore, Pres't.

Moore served as secretary of the Universalist Sunday School Union in the 1840s and as clerk of the New York Universalist State Convention in the 1850s.

Moore died in Leonia on July 8, 1903, at the age of 79.[1] In Leonia, the roads Vreeland Avenue and Moore Avenue were named after him.


  1. ^ "GEN. J. VREELAND MOORE DEAD.; First Colonel of the Old Second New Jersey Regiment--Long in the National Guard.", The New York Times, July 9, 1903. Accessed November 9, 2013. "J. Vreeland Moore died yesterday at Leonia, in his seventy-ninth year. He had been ill about three weeks."