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History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical

NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920

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Richard S. MooreRICHARD SETH MOORE, prominent in financial circles, and the founder of R. S. Moore & Company, which was merged on October 1, 1919, with the H. M. Byllesby Company, of which he became vice-president, is one of the most able and successful figures in the financial life of Rhode Island in the last decade.

Mr. Moore was born in Nashua, N. H., March 26, 1881, son of Seth P. and Elizabeth A. (Wilson) Moore.  His early education was received in the public schools after which he took a course in business college. In addition he pursued special courses in brokerage, banking and salesmanship, in several of the foremost schools, and followed various other courses of study privately in some of the universities, on banking, political economy, and commercial law, and this last work was accomplished after he had entered the banking business.  Previously, several years were spent in an accounting position and as a salesman in various lines.  In 1908 Mr. Moore entered the security business in Providence, and a few years later established the business of R. S. Moore & Company.  The venture proved successful and within a short period it developed into one of the foremost of its kind in New England.  The business embraced the New England States, with offices in Providence and Boston, and was continued successfully until October 1, 1919, when it was merged with the H. M. Byllesby Company.  Mr. Moore was chosen vice-president of this company, which is well known in banking circles throughout the United States.  It might further be said that the H. M. Byllesby Company is one of the foremost public utilities houses in America and stands preeminent in this field of banking.  Mr. Moore is active in several business and financial enterprises, and holds directorships in the San Diego Consolidated Gas & Electric Company, the Western States Gas & Electric Company, the Standard Gas & Electric Company, the Oriental Navigation Company, and the Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company.

Mr. Moore is active and well known in club life in Providence. He is a member of the Bond Club, of New York, the Rhode Island Country Club, Turk's Head Club, Edgewood Yacht Club, Metacomet Golf Club, Pomham Club, Rhode Island Fish and Game Club, all of Providence, and others. He is a member of the Republican party but independent in political belief. Mr. Moore has his family home at Edgewood, R. I.  At Edgewood he maintains a stable of finely bred horses and takes great pleasure in exhibiting his thoroughbreds at the most important horse shows about the country. His other hobbies are golf, tennis and motoring.  He has also been quite athletic and has indulged in various out-door sports.

illustration on facing page: photo, R.S. Moore

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GENERAL GEORGE RATHBONE DYER  --  In the person of George Rathbone Dyer, the ancient Dyer line of New England and Rhode Island is represented in New York City, where Mr. Dyer, in addition to his extensive brokerage operations, as a member of the firm of C. I. Hudson & Company, is identified with many branches of civic and social activity.

Son of Governor Elisha and Nancy Anthony (Viall) Dyer, Gen. Dyer was born in Providence, R. I., June 24, 1869.  After attending private schools in his native city and St. Paul's School, of Concord, N. H., he completed his education in Berlin, Germany.  He at once entered the field of business, and from January 2, 1888, to March 12, 1900, was associated with the firm of Ladenburg, Thalmann & Company.  Since March, 1901, he has been a member of the brokerage firm of C. I. Hudson & Company, at No. 66 Broadway, one of the leading concerns in New York's financial field, being the senior active partner of the firm.

General Dyer's services have been sought in numerous connections in the city of his adoption, which he now serves as chairman of the New York and New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel Commission, which is about to start building the vehicular tunnel between New York and New Jersey.  His clubs are the Knickerbocker, Union, Piping Rock, Manhattan, Seawanhaka Corninthia Yacht, Fort Orange, Governors Island, New York Press, Beaver Dam Winter Sports and the Bankers' Club of America.  With his family he is a member of the St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church of Glen Cove, Long Island.  General Dyer's fraternal affiliations are with Kane Lodge, No. 454, Free and Accepted Mason, and Lodge No. 1, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  He is a member of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati; the Sons of the Revolution; Society of Colonial Wars; Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States; Naval and Military Order of the Spanish-American War; Manhattan Camp, No. 1, United Spanish War Veterans; Veterans of the Seventh Regiment, National Guard Association of the United States.

General Dyer has had a long and honorable career in the military service of the State and Nation.  His service as an officer and enlisted man has been continuous since June 10, 1889, and covers a period of more than thirty years.  General Dyer entered the army of the United States at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War as a captain, but was soon promoted to the grade of major, in which grade he served until the muster out of his regiment.  He also served in the army of the United States on the Mexican border in 1916 as a brigadier general.  While at Matanzas, Cuba, with his regiment, in 1899, his brigade commander, Brigadier General J. P. Sanger, U. S. A., in recommending him for promotion, stated that 'he has been a zealous and devoted officer, is beloved by his regiment and is in all respects worthy of the full confidence of his superiors.' Later General Corbin, then adjutant general of the army, offered him a lieutenant-colonelcy in one of the regiments being formed for duty in the Philippines, but the offer was declined as General Dyer did not wish to make the army his career.  In 1911 in speaking of General Dyer's ability as a commanding officer, Major General Daniel E. Sickles, United States Army, retired, stated that 'if we had another war and I was in command of another army corps, I would ask to have his regiment assigned to it.' On March 17, 1915, Major General John F. O'Ryan, in recommending that a brevet commission of major  general be conferred upon General Dyer for meritorious service, stated that General Dyer's service 'has been distinguished by more than a faithful performance of duty,' and that the high order of military zeal and service displayed by General Dyer 'has distinguished this officer above others.'

Upon his return from United States service on the Mexican border, General Dyer was placed in command of the New York National Guard by orders of the governor, dated October 6, 1916, which position he held until the return of Major General O'Ryan from Federal service, December 22, 1916. On July 31, 1917, the New York National Guard at that time having been called into the service of the  United States for duty in the war against Germany, this leaving the State without military protection, General Dyer was designated, by the governor, as chairman of a board of three officers to assist the governor in organizing an adequate military force to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of the State and to advise the governor as to the measures to be adopted to safeguard State and municipal property and public utilities.  The governor, by executive order dated August 27, 1917, placed General Dyer in command of all State troops located in Greater New York, and in the counties of Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau, thus making him responsible to the governor for the safety of the lives and property of over seven millions of people at the most critical period of the World War.  This position he held until placed in command of the entire military force of the State (about thirty-five thousand officers and men) on September 20, 1918.  General Dyer remained in command of the military forces of the State from September 20, 1918, until April 1, 1919, on which latter date he was succeeded by Major General O'Ryan, formerly commanding general of the New York National Guard. General Dyer, however, retained command of the First Brigade which, at that time, included all State troops located in New York City.  A resume of his military career is as follows:

State Service - Enlisted as private Company K, Seventh Infantry, New York National Guard, June 10, 1889; commissioned second lieutenant and assigned to Company G., Twelfth Infantry, New York National Guard, May 16, 1892; first lieutenant, March 7, 1893; captain, May 2, 1893; major, June 28, 1899; colonel, September 7, 1899; brigadier-general and assigned to command the First Brigade, New York National Guard, February 28, 1912; brevet general, April 8, 1915.  Transferred to the Reserve List and detailed to active duty April 9, 1917; commissioned brigadier-general, New York Guard, and assigned to command the First Brigade, New York Guard, September 4, 1917.  Still in the service.

United States Service - Spanish-American War.  Commissioned captain, Twelfth Infantry, New York Volunteers, May 13, 1898; major, May 13, 1898; mustered out with regiment, April 20, 1899.

Mexican Border Service - Mustered into United States Service as brigadier-general commanding the First Brigade, New York National Guard, June 28, 1916; mustered out September 27, 1916.

General Dyer married, in the Church of the Heavenly Rest, November 7, 1901, Grace Gurnee Scott, daughter of Edward Padelford and Evelyn (Gurnee) Scott.  They are the parents of:  Walter Gurnee, born in New York City, Feb. 14, 1903;  Elisha, born in Wickford, R. I., Sept. 15, 1904;  and George Rathbone, Jr., born in New York City, March 27, 1907.  General Dyer and his family now live on their estate 'Brookville Farm', Roslyn, Long Island, although they have a city home at No. 15 West 55th street, New York City.

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Charles Dean KimballCHARLES DEAN KIMBALL  --  Mr. Kimball, an official of a leading eastern packing house, the Kimball & Colwell Company, occupies prominent place in the business circles of Providence, his native city.  His identification with the life of his city is complete through associations in many and diverse fields, commercial, fraternal, and social, and, as ex-governor of the State, he has rendered public service of merit and value.

Mr. Kimball is a descendant of Richard Kimball, of the Parish of Rattlesden, County of Suffolk, England, who in 1634 came to America in the 'Elizabeth', landing at Boston.  The following year he became a freeman in Watertown, Mass., and was a proprietor in 1636-37.  From him Mr. Kimball traces his line and is a representative in the ninth American generation, alliance having been made in the fifth generation with the line of Roger Williams. Charles Dean Kimball is a son of Emery Sheldon and Mary Charlotte (Briggs) Kimball, his father a founder, in 1873, of the firm of Kimball & Colwell, pork packers and wholesale provision merchants. [The picture at the right is from a Newport souvenir program dated May 30, 1902.]

Charles Dean Kimball was born in Providence, September 13, 1859. He attended the public schools of his native city and immediately upon the completion of his studies entered business, being employed by Rice, Draper & Company, wholesale dealers in paints and oils, for six months. He then became employed by his father's firm, Kimball & Colwell, and until 1892 filled various positions in this organization.  The elder Mr. Kimball retired in 1891, and Charles D. Kimball purchased the interest of his father, although since 1888 he had been a member of the firm.  Mr. Colwell, the other original partner, died in 1899, and his son, Lewis N. Colwell, who had previously been admitted to the firm, became an equal owner with Mr. Kimball.  Incorporation was made under the laws of Rhode Island in 1900, the name of the concern becoming Kimball & Colwell Company, with Mr. Kimball as secretary and treasurer.  The operations of the company, whose growth has been steady and vigorous, extend all along the Atlantic coast, and while natural circumstances have made the middle West the center of the meat packing industry, the Kimball & Colwell Company fills a large demand in the eastern market.  Mr. Kimball is also treasurer of the What Cheer Beef Company, of Providence, and of the Fall River Provision Company, of Fall River, Mass.

Charles Dean Kimball 1902Mr. Kimball's public career began in 1894, with his election to the lower house of the State Legislature, and he was reelected from Providence each succeeding year until 1900, when he was elected lieutenant-governor.  In the election of November, 1901, he was reelected, as was Governor Gregory. The death of Governor Gregory, December 16, 1901, brought Mr. Kimball into the acting governorship, and on January 7, 1902, he was inaugurated governor, the firm chief executive of the State to take the oath of office in the new capitol.  As governor he advocated numerous important measures, among them that the tax laws be revised so that personal property be taxed in the place where it is located, that the governor be given the veto power, and that the State elections be biennial.  Acting with the Senate as lieutenant-governor, he served on the committee appointed to investigate the giving of transfers on street railways.  In the House he was chairman of the committee on special legislation; chairman of the special committee to investigate the cotton industry; and a member of the special committees to investigate the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts at Kingston, the special committee on the revision of the constitution of the State, and the committee which revised the rules and order of the House of Representatives. His public record is one of constructive service untouched by political ambition or motives, and his time and efforts have been give in the interest of good government and good citizenship.

Mr. Kimball is a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society, and a distinguished and loyal ancestry gives him membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Society of Colonial Wars.  He was president of the board of managers of the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and devotes himself closely to its welfare and support. He is a Thirty-second Degree Mason, a member of the First Light Infantry Veterans' Association.  His church is the Unitarian, and he is a member of the Unitarian Club.  His social memberships are in the Elmwood, Pomham, and Commercial clubs.  He was a Republican Presidential Elector in 1916.  He is president of the Town Council of South Kingstown, and for several years Federal Jury Commissioner.  Mr. Kimball married, November 24, 1885, Gertrude Greenalgh [sic], born in Fall River, Mass., daughter of John B. and Lavinia (Reynolds) Greenalgh.  There is one child of this marriage, Marian Dean.


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