Biography of James H. Moyle
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JAMES H. MOYLE
James H. Moyle, one of Utah's most representative attorneys, is a native of Salt Lake City, having been born there September 17, 1858. His father, James Moyle, was a successful builder and contractor, and his mother was Elizabeth Wood Moyle. J. H. Moyle was educated in the district schools of Salt Lake City, and later took a course at the University of Utah, graduating in 1881. He subsequently took the course at the University of Michigan Law School, from which he graduated in 1885, and was a student for three years also at the University of Michigan in its School of Political Science.

Mr. Moyle was admitted to the bar of Utah and of Michigan in 1885, and later to the Supreme Court of the United States. He was Assistant City Attorney and Deputy County Attorney for one year, and was elected County Attorney in 1886, and reelected in 1888. The same year he was elected a member of the State legislature. He was chairman of the committee in 1889 which visited the principal Reform Schools of the United States, and upon whose report our Territorial Reform School was established. He was chairman of the Democratic State Committee in the campaigns of 1898 and 1899, and his party was victorious in both. During the last day of the legislature in 1899, Mr. Moyle was the caucus nominee of the Democratic Party for United States Senator; but no Senator was elected because of so many members being held by obligations to A. W. McCune, from which he would not release them. Hence the deadlock.

Mr. Moyle was the choice of the Democrats as their candidate for governor in 1900 and 1904, and in the latter campaign led his ticket in number of votes received by him He also has taken a keen interest in live stock, its conventions and organizations, and was for many years a director of the Utah Fair Association. He was also for many years a trustee of the Reform School, and for two years was president of the Board of Trustees of that institution. While Mr. Moyle is active in business, farming, live stock, and mining, he has been more attentive to his large legal practice. The law firm was originally Richards & Moyle; later on, Moyle, Zane & Costigan; and at the present time, Moyle & Van Cott, and their clientage and law business is one of the largest in the State.

Mr. Moyle is a director in the Consolidated Wagon and Machine Company, the Deseret Live Stock Company, the Utah Commercial and Savings Bank, the Silver Brothers' Iron Works Company, the Inter-Mountain Packing Company, the Utah Independent Telephone Company, the Utah Consolidated Plaster Company, the Blackfoot Stock Company, and many other important enterprises, especially mining companies, too numerous to mention.

Mr. Moyle was married to Alice E. Dinwoodey, November 17, 1887, and they are the parents of eight children, of whom six are living. namely: Henry D., Alice E., Walter G., Gilbert D., James D., and Sarah Virginia Moyle.

Mr. Moyle is a member of the Commercial Club and president of the Utah Democratic Club. He resides at 405 East First South Street, Salt Lake City.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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