William H. Moody Exhibit
William H. Moody, 1899
House of Representatives Stereograph
Klipper Desk, Page Call Button Hole Detail
William H. Moody in Judicial Robes by Henry Hammond Ahl (1928)
Backstory and Context
Moody was born in Newbury, Massachusetts and attended Phillips Academy in Andover where he played baseball. He then went to Harvard and became a lawyer, setting up his practice in Haverhill and working his way up to City Solicitor. Moody was the Essex County District Attorney when he was asked to assist in the prosecution of Lizzie Borden for murder of her father and stepmother. He went on to become the last Republican to represent Haverhill's district in the House of Representatives. Moody was later appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as Secretary of the Navy, Attorney General, and finally to the Supreme Court where he was a trust-buster.
The exhibit includes his Klipper desk from the House, which has a call button used to alert an aid. Most of the furniture in the room came from his house in Haverhill, which still stands and is in private ownership.
Buttonwoods Museum. Tour Script, March 1st 2018. Accessed August 18th 2020.