Biography of Robert L. Moran
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ROBERT LAWRENCE MORAN - The only citizen of The Bronx who ever served as mayor of New York City, even though this honor came to him only in the capacity of acting mayor during one of Mayor Hylan's absences from the city, Mr. Moran has served his city faithfully and successfully in many other political offices. He was born in Manhattan, on East Twenty first Street, October 3, 1887, a son of Eugene and Delia Moran. His father, a native of that part of New York City known as Greenwich Village, was for many years a member of the New York City police force and died in 1912. The family moved to The Bronx in 1895 where Mrs. Moran still resides with her son.

Robert Lawrence Moran was educated in the public schools of his native city and attended New York University. As a young man he entered the real estate business in The Bronx and among the many operations with which he was connected should be mentioned the erection of the Theodore Roosevelt Apartments on the Grand Concourse. He became actively interested in politics very soon after having reached voting age and was elected a member of the Board of Aldermen in 1914 on the Democratic ticket. Reelected at the expiration of each term, he served as minority leader and majority leader member of this board until 1920. When Alfred E. Smith, later Governor of New York, was elected president of the Board of Aldermen in 1916, Mr. Moran was made vice chairman by the votes of his fellow members and he, therefore, automatically became president of the Board on December 31, 1918, when Mr. Smith resigned to assume the office of Governor to which he had been elected that November. In the following year Mr. Moran became the candidate of his party for the presidency of the Board of Aldermen. But in the late summer he was suddenly taken ill and had to undergo an operation for acute appendicitis. His subsequent recovery was complete, but so slow that it prevented him from taking any active part in the election campaign, and as a result he was defeated by his Republican opponent, F. H. LaGuardia, by only eleven hundred votes. On January 2, 1920, Governor Smith appointed him county clerk of The Bronx, to fill the unexpired term of Joseph M. Callahan who had been elected City Court Judge. When Mr. Moran offered himself for election in 1920 for a full term, he was elected by a large majority and so successfully did he fill his office that he was reelected in November, 1924. During the World War Mr. Moran was barred from active service by his status as a public official, but he took a very active part in all of the patriotic movements of that period.

Besides being a member of The Bronx Board of Trade, he also holds membership in The Bronx Rotary Club, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Bronx Catholic Club, and Knights of Columbus. Mr. Moran also served as a member of the New York State Home Rule Commission, and helped frame the law setting up Home Rule for the municipalities of the State. His religious affiliations are with the Roman Catholic church and he is a communicant of the Church of Our Lady of Solace, Van Nest Avenue and White Plains Road. Mr. Moran is unmarried and makes his home with his mother and sister at No. 1565 Leland Avenue.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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