Howard Mason Gore

Howard M. Gore
17th Governor of West Virginia
In office
March 4, 1925  March 4, 1929
Preceded by Ephraim F. Morgan
Succeeded by William G. Conley
8th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
November 22, 1924  March 4, 1925
President Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by Henry C. Wallace
Succeeded by William M. Jardine
Personal details
Born (1877-10-12)October 12, 1877
Harrison County, West Virginia, U.S.
Died June 20, 1947(1947-06-20) (aged 69)
Clarksburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Resting place Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Roxalene "Roxie" Gore
(1906 – 1907)
Alma mater West Virginia University
Profession Politician
Religion Baptist

Howard Mason Gore (October 12, 1877  June 20, 1947) was an American politician. He served as the 8th Secretary of Agriculture from 1924 to 1925, during the administration of President Calvin Coolidge, and he served as 17th Governor of West Virginia from 1925 to 1929.


Gore was born in Harrison County, West Virginia, to farmer Solomon Deminion Gore and his wife Marietta Payne (née Rogers). Gore attended West Virginia University in 1900. He married the former Roxalene (Roxie) Corder Bailey on September 30, 1906. She died on March 7, 1907, and he remained a widower in office.[1]

Gore served as president of the West Virginia Livestock Association from 1912 until 1916. He was appointed to the West Virginia State Board of Education from 1920 until 1925. On November 22, 1924, Gore served briefly as the Secretary of Agriculture following the death of his predecessor, Henry C. Wallace (1866–1924).

On March 4, 1925, Gore was elected Governor of West Virginia in the 1924 election. He assumed the governorship at the end of the partial first term of President Calvin Coolidge on March 4, 1925. Gore then served as the West Virginia State Official Commissioner of Agriculture from 1931 until 1933.

He died in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on June 20, 1947. He is interred there in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery.

See also


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  1. "West Virginia's First Ladies", West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry C. Wallace
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Calvin Coolidge

November 22, 1924 March 4, 1925
Succeeded by
William M. Jardine
Preceded by
Ephraim F. Morgan
Governor of West Virginia
March 4, 1925 March 4, 1929
Succeeded by
William G. Conley

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