Biography of Galen C. Moses
Sagadahoc County, Maine Biographies





Galen Clapp Moses, second son of Oliver Moses, was born in Bath, August 30, 1835, and has made his home in his native place. He received a thorough education, going through all the grades of the city schools, and was graduated with honor from Bowdoin College in the class of 1856. Entering upon his business career he was, for a time, secretary of the Bath Mutual Marine Insurance Co., and subsequently was a partner with William H. McLellan, in the wholesale grocery business until 1865, when he took the management of the Worumbo Manufacturing Co., whose woolen mills are located at Lisbon Falls. To the successful building up of this great industry he has given the best years of his life.

In 1882 he succeeded his father as President of the First National Bank of Bath, which office he still holds. In 1883, upon the reorganization of the Twenty five Cent Savings Bank, he became its president, and continued to hold the office for six years, until the old assets of the bank were liquidated and the bank placed squarely upon its feet again. In 1875 he became deeply interested in the organization of the Old Ladies Home, becoming one of its managers, and, on the death of B. C. Bailey, became its second president. In 1888, upon the reorganization of the New England Ship Building Co., as the New England Co., he became its president, holding the office at the present time. When the Bath Iron Works undertook to go into iron ship building to obtain government work, which resulted in the contracts for Gun boats Nos. 5 and 6 and the Harbor Defense Rain, Mr. Moses gave most valuable financial and other assistance, being one of the directors of the Bath Iron Works. In 1887 Mr. Moses offered to give a public library building to the city, which has since been completed, and is a credit both to the architect, George Edward Harding, formerly of Bath, and the generous donor. Mr. Moses also contributed liberally to the purchase of the land for the library site. He has been an active member of the Board of Trade; has served upon the school committee for six years, and has been identified with, and prominent in, the organization and management of many other private and quasi public corporations. In 1886 he became a member of Winter Street Church, to the support of which he has been a liberal contributor. He is also a leader in contemporaneous religious movements of which the Young Men's Christian Association is the most notable, and of which he is president. In 1889 he was elected a member of the State Historical Society, and takes an active part in its proceedings.

Although a life long Democrat Mr. Moses takes no active part in party politics. He has been twice married.

Moses Family

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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