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SEPTEMBER ! 980 WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MESSENGER PAGE FIVE Shelley Moore, shown with former Governor Arch Moore, her husband of 31 years, opened executive mansion to the public only a fe weeks after Arch was inaugurated in 1969. Like Arch, Shelley Believes State Govt. Belongs to the People Shelley Riley Moore inaugurated public tours of the Governor's man- sion because she, like Arch, be- lieves the state and its historic facilities belong to the people. And she didn't delay opening the mansion's doors. Her tours began only a few weeks after Arch be- came Governor in 1969. She brought warmth and friendliness to the Governor's man- sion as the state's First Lady, and presided over numerous state din- hers and receptions. Shelley met Arch as a student at West Virginia University. They were married August 11, 1949. Shel- ley gave up a teaching career to re- turn to Morgantown, where Arch was a student in the college of law. She worled in the file section of the West Virginia University Library until Arch received his law degree in 1951. They then returned to Mounds. ville where Arch began his private law practice. Two Households When Arch was elected to Con- gress, Shelley managed two house- holds, one in Potomac, Maryland, the other in Glen Dale, West Vir- gini,, The family by then included a son,Arch A. III, who was born in 1951, and Shelley (now Mrs. Capito) and Lucy St. Clair, born in 1953 and 1956 respectively. Mrs. Moore has traveled with Arch not only during his campaign trips but also when he was a mere. ber of official U.S. delegations to the People's Republic of China in 1974 and Russia in 1975. Mrs. Moore is known for her per- sonal interest in helping others. Youth, Health Leader She has been active in the Girl Scout Program, Black Diamond Girl Scout Council Board of Direc- tors, a member of the Developmen- tal Disabilities Council for the state of West Virginia, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mont. gomery County (Maryland) Cere- bral Palsy Association, volunteer teacher at St. Maurice School of educable retarded children, Poto- mac, Maryland, (when the Moores were a Congressional Family), a member of the Junior League of Wheeling and an American Red Cross Volunteer. She was bern in Miami, Florida, in 1926. Her family moved to Union- town, Pennsylvania, where she at. tended school with an older sister and brother. Shelley earned her bachelor of arts degree in education with a major in mathematics received at West Virginia University in 1948. She has taught in public schools. She was Chairman of the Mental Health Association in 1970, 1973, and 1975, Honorary Chairman of the Heart Association in 1969, Chair- man of National Library Week in 1974, and the Easter Seal Drive in 1975. Hard Work, Uphill Fights Nothing New For Gov. Arch Moore Arch Moore is used to hard work. And uphill fights. Born in Moundsville in 1923, he began his career there as a boy, sel. ling magazines, carrying news- papers, ushering in a theater, and working nights while in high school to save money for his college edu- cation. He made it to college, but was forced to interrupt his education for three years by World War II. Moore joined the Army. As a combat sergeant, he was leading his squad in an attack on a hill in Nov., 1944, when a German bullet went through his face, frac- tured his lower jaw and severed his tongue. Moore was left for dead on the battlefield. Found eight hours later, he was rushed to a hospital. He underwent several operations, remaining vir- tually speechless for 13 months. He had to learn to talk again. Moore never forgot how close he came to death. "I promised God I would never let another day go by without giving it my all," he said. For many it would have been accomplishment enough to have survived Such wounds and regained a voice. For Arch Moore that battle' would be only a beginning. He would go on to become an out- standing leader and public speaker, a Governor widely credited with winning a respected place in America for West Virginia. Met Shelley Awarded a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, a Combat Infantry- man's Badge, and a European Campaign Ribbon with three battle stars, Moore was honorably dis- charged from the Army in April, 1946. He immediately enrolled in West Virginia University to continue his education. It was there he met Shel- ley Riley, whom he married in 1949. They are the parents of Arch A. III, Shelley Moore Capito, and Lucy St. Clair Moore. Moore received his A.B. degree in political science in 1948 and his Arch Moore visits factories to push for more jobs here. !i!!iiiiiiiiiii!  00!i00iii!iiiiiiiii!!iiii ii! i !i!ii!i !?i::i ! i?i :i:i; i: :!i!!:' ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::;: Coal miners and other state workers say Arch Moore would best represent them in Charleston. Bachelor of Law degree in 1951, the year he was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and began his practice. He entered a family law partner- ship with his uncle, Everett F. Moore, who had urged him to be- come a lawyer. Soon afterward, Arch Moore was elected vice presi- dent of the West Virginia Bar Asso- ciation. The following year, 1952, Moore was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates from Marshall County. His first committee assign- ments were the Judiciary, Elec- tions and Insurance Committees. Youngest Congressman In 1956, when he was 33, he was elected to Congress. He was its youngest member. Despite the huge majority of Democratic vot- ers in the First Congressional Dis- triet, Moore was impressively re-. elected in 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, and 1966. In 1967 state Democrats out- numbered Republicans by 300,000. They had run the Governor's office for 32 of the previous 36 years. They held most of the seats in the House of Delegates and the State Senate. It was obviously a monumental up- hill fight, but Moore announced his candidacy for Governor. The people wanted and deserved something more than a party label alone, Moore said, declaring: "Our young people need job opportunities and a future. We must do better with their education. We must face the problem of lack of roads and transportation, and do something to reshape the image of our state so that industry would be desirous of coming in." Moore won an impressive victory in 1968. And he repeated it four years later when he became the first West Virginia Governor to be re-eleeted to a second term. He de- feated John D. Rockefeller IV by more than 73,000 votes. National Leader In 1971 Moore, who had won wide respect for his innovative West Vir- ginia programs that were studied by other states, was elected chair- man of the National Governors' Conference. He was the first West Virginian to be so honored. In 1974 he was elected President of the Education Commission of the United States. He served in that post longer than any other officer. It was a tribute to Moore and to the gains made by education under his leadership in West Virginia. Political observers agree that Moore would have been re-elected easily to a third term in 1976. But the State Supreme Court said he could not then run for a third term. He would have to sit it out one elee- t/on. In 1978, by a slim margin of less than one percent of the total votes cast, Moore lost a close race for the U.S. Senate. Many of his supporters said they felt West Virginia ur- gently needed him at the head of its state government. They wanted him to be available to run for Governor at the next election. Thus, available, capable, and ready to give four more years of effective service, Arch Moore made hundreds of thousands of supporters, Democrats, Republi- cans, and Independents, happy when he announced on March 25, 1980, that he would file to run for Governor. Arch Moore will be out- spent by Rockefeller, who is pouring millions into his campaign. But most voters expect Arch Moore to be elected ....