Jacob Bailey Moore

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Jacob Bailey Moore (31 October 1797 – 1 September 1853) was an American journalist and historical writer.


His ancestors emigrated to the United States from Scotland. His father, who had the same name, was a physician (born in Georgetown, Maine, 5 September 1772; died in Andover, New Hampshire, 10 January 1813). His father studied medicine, settled in Andover in 1796, and practised successfully till 1812, when he was appointed surgeon's mate in the U.S. Army. His father wrote verses and numerous newspaper articles, and composed several pieces of music that were published in Samuel Holyoke's Columbian Repository.


Moore was born in Andover, New Hampshire. He learned the printer's trade at Concord, engaged in editorial work and edited the New Hampshire Journal from 1826 to 1829, when he was elected sheriff of Merrimack County. He was a member of the Legislature in 1828. In 1839 he moved to New York and edited the Daily Whig. He was a clerk employed by the United States Post Office in Washington, D.C., 1841–1845, but returned to New York and served as librarian of the Historical Society from 1845 to 1849. From 1849 to 1853 he was postmaster of San Francisco.


His sons George Henry, an author and librarian, and Frank, a journalist, also lived in New York. His brother Henry Eaton Moore was a composer, and another brother, John Weeks Moore, edited musical publications.


  • Collections Historical, Topographical, Historical, and Biographical, relating principally to New Hampshire, with John Farmer (three volumes, Concord, 1822–1824) This was one first publications devoted to local history in the United States.
  • Gazetteer of the State of New Hampshire, with John Farmer (1823)
  • Annals of Concord, with a Memoir of the Penacook Indians, John Farmer wrote the Penacook memoir (1823-1826)
  • Laws of Trade in the United States (1840)
  • Lives of the Governors of New Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay (1846)

Honors and Memberships[edit]

Elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1821.[1]



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