Legacy Society

Herbert Moore - Giving Back to Future Trenton Generations


    Herbert F. Moore was a lawyer for over 50 years in Mercer County, and spent most of his life living in New Jersey, most recently Princeton. Mr. Moore was born in Trenton on May 16, 1920, at 247 E. Front Street, now a historic home. The home was built for his grandfather, John Thomas Moore, a wealthy businessman in the early 20th century who started Sanitary Earthware Specialty Co. in Trenton, NJ. Mr. Moore graduated from Trenton High School in 1938. He was a member of the National Honor Society and played percussion in the school symphony and marching band. He won several awards as a member of his high school debate team. 


    Mr. Moore went to college at Georgetown University and graduated with honors in 1942, the same year he went on active duty in the Navy as an Ensign. Thereafter, he was assigned to the staff of Admiral John Hall, Commander of Naval Amphibious Forces in the Mediterranean and later in the Atlantic. He participated in the invasion of Sicily, Italy, and Normandy at Omaha Beach. Later, he was discharged with honors as a lieutenant (S.G.). After the war, Mr. Moore attended Harvard Law School and graduated as doctor of jurisprudence in 1948. He later attended Wharton School of Business Administration at University of Pennsylvania's Executive Program. He started his own law firm in Trenton. After 18 years of practice, he merged with the law firm of Senator Crawford Jamieson, which subsequently became Jamieson, Moore, Peskin and Spicer. Mr. Moore retired from the law office in 1989. The highlight of Mr. Moore's law career was 1977-1978, when he obtained national recognition representing the City of Philadelphia, PA, against the State of New Jersey. He successfully argued the case before the United States Supreme Court. The case involved the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution, and became a landmark case in the law books. He won the case 7-2 in his favor. 


    Mr. Moore served on the board of several corporations. Upon retiring from the law office in 1989, he became Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of AAA Central New Jersey, later AAA Central West Jersey, through a merger which was negotiated by him. 


    Mr. Moore served on the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County for over 40 years.  As a Trenton native, Mr. Moore realized that Trenton youth had great potential and just needed access to the opportunites that being a Club member could provide them.  His Legacy gift will enable future Trenton youth to follow in his footsteps.


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