William H. Moody

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Born 
Friday, December 23, 1853
Died 
Monday, July 2, 1917
Childhood Location 
Massachusetts
Childhood Surroundings 
Massachusetts
Position 
Associate Justice
Seat 
6
Nominated By 
Roosevelt T.
Commissioned on 
Wednesday, December 12, 1906
Sworn In 
Monday, December 17, 1906
Left Office 
Sunday, November 20, 1910
Reason For Leaving 
Disabled
Length of Service 
3 years, 11 months, 3 days
Home 
Massachusetts
William H. Moody
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Biography 

William Moody graduated Harvard College and studied law briefly thereafter. He left law school and apprenticed in a law office in Boston, entering the bar in1878.

Moody was active in Republican politics and was named district attorney for eastern Massachusetts in 1890. He rose to prominence when he prosecuted the alleged ax-murderer, Lizzie Borden. Although she was acquitted, his prosecutorial skill was noted by leading Republicans of the day.

Moody had powerful friends in high places. He was close to New York police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt. When Roosevelt assumed the presidency, he called on Moody to serve as Secretary of the Navy. Later Roosevelt appointed him attorney general and then elevated him to the High Court to replace Justice Henry Brown.

Moody's Court career was cut short by a form of crippling rheumatism that forced his early retirement from the bench.

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