Moore, George Foot
- Samuel A. Meier
Moore, George Foot (15 October 1851–16 May 1931), professor of religion, was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of William Eves Moore, a Presbyterian minister, and Harriet Francina. Moore’s early education was shaped by considerable tutoring from his father, enabling him to enter Yale as a junior (1870–1872, A.B.). While teaching after graduation, he studied theology independently, so that he was able to enter the senior class of Union Theological Seminary (1876–1877). He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1878. That same year he married Mary Soper Hanford, with whom he had one son, and he began a pastorate in Zanesville, Ohio (1878–1883), while continuing his private study. The prodigious academic abilities of this largely self-taught man shaped his professional career for the next forty-five years. He was invited first to serve as professor of Hebrew and Old Testament literature at Andover Theological Seminary (1883–1902) and then as professor of the history of religion at Harvard University (1902–1928)....