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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  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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MOORE, N. B., attorney at law, P. O. Clarinda; born September 6, 1832, in Madison county, Ohio. He was educated at the Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, an institution today one of the best in that great state. When twenty-one years of age he engaged in the mercantile business at Charleston, Ohio, remaining in business for two years, when he failed. The immediate cause of his failure was his becoming security for another—a circumstance many business men beside Mr. Moore have tested to their satisfaction. In 1855 he came to Iowa, locating at Eddyville with the onus of a $10,000 debt. This was paid dollar for dollar by hard work and extraordinary frugality. While Mr. Moore resided at Eddyville he taught the public schools and read law with Home & Ives. He was admitted to the bar by Judge Townsend, at Albia, in June, 1857, locating at Bedford, Taylor county, entering upon the practice of his profession until 1860. In that year he came to Clarinda, establishing a law office, enjoying a most remunerative practice up to the present time. The following year, 1861, he was elected county judge, serving for a term of two years. He was state senator from 1867 to 1871. Mr. Moore was married December 25, 1851, to Miss V. M. Webster, of Ohio, by whom he is the father of six children, two of whom are now living: Jessie, (wife of S. C. McFerrin), and Sarah. Mr. Moore was divorced from his wife, March 6, 1880, and was married again March 31, 1880, to Miss Nellie J. Lane, of New York. Mr. Moore has been, and is now, one of the heaviest land-owners in Page county, having at one time or another been the owner of fully one-half of the county. Active in every enterprise calculated to contribute to the growth of his town and county, he has been first in many business projects, and carried to a successful end his every attempt. The banking interests of the county owe more to him than to any other one man. The first bank was started by him in 1865, and ever since that time he has been closely identified with the moneyed interests of this and Taylor county. His liberality is great, and his gifts munificent and intelligently bestowed. There is hardly a church or school house in southwestern Iowa to which he has not contributed. His financial policy is far-reaching as his first venture in Clarinda will show. He became the purchaser of the lots on which Hawley’s opera house now stands, paying for the same $90. He sold the corner lot the same day to Mr. Hawley for $100. As a business man he enjoys the fullest confidence of the people, and as a lawyer enjoys an enviable reputation, his practice having been crowned with brilliant success.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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