Biography of William D. Moran
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





William Dodge Moran. - One of the progressive business men of Watertown is William Dodge Moran, who is vice president and treasurer of the Northern New York Securities Corporation. He has had long experience in various phases of financial enterprise and investment, which is the basis for the sound judgment and vision he displays. Mr. Moran was born in Oswego County, N. Y., April 21, 1883, the son of James and Elaine H. (Howell) Moran.

William D. Moran was educated in the public and high schools at Pulaski, N. Y., and began in early life to train for a business career. He began as a clerk in the Watertown offices of the New York Central Railroad in 1901, and the following year was transferred to the New York offices. He was made chief clerk to the division engineer of the old R. W. & O. Division, Watertown, N. Y., in December, 1905, and remained in that capacity until Sept. 15, 1919. Mr. Moran then resigned to enter the sales department of the Jefferson Securities Corporation. He became assistant secretary and treasurer in 1920, and filled that dual position until Jan. 1, 1922, when he resigned to accept the office of treasurer of the Northern New York Securities Corporation. He was elected vice president in 1928. Mr. Moran was also elected a director of the First National Bank of Thousand Islands of Alexandria Bay, N. Y., in 1928. In January, 1931, he was made a director of the Bank of Antwerp, N. Y.

Mr. Moran's active participation in every phase of community progress has placed him among the civic leaders. During the World War he worked on every Liberty Loan drive, acting as secretary of the railroad quota, and received special recognition for his untiring labor. In 1928 he was selected as a member of the campaign committee, Watertown Community Chest.

On June 28, 1905, Mr. Moran married Miss Harriet M. Morrison, the daughter of Charles M. and Jennie (Spence) Morrison, both of whom are now deceased.

Mr. Moran is a member of Watertown Lodge No. 49, F. & A. M., of which he was master in 1919; Watertown Chapter No. 59, R. A. M.; Central City Consistory, 32nd degree; and Media Temple, serving as recorder of the latter body from 1924 until 1931. He was largely responsible for the founding and development of the Wasoc Club, an outstanding civic organization of Watertown, being the first president and serving three years, and has held executive offices in every club with which he has been affiliated. He has served as secretary of the Jefferson County Golf Club; director of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce; charter member of the Watertown Kiwanis Club, serving as its first secretary and treasurer and second president; and a member of the Black River Valley Club. He is past chairman of the board of trustees of the Congregational Church and was deeply interested in the construction of the present church plant.

The Moran family residence is at 1709 State Street.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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