b. 14/05/1842 Payson, Illinois. d. 13/04/1933 San Diego, California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 10/05/1864 Laurel Hill, Virginia.
Luce was born 14 May 1842 in Payson, Illinois to Christopher Sanborn Luce and Sarah Pottle. Through his father, he is descended from the Luce family of Rhode Island, making him a distant cousin of Stephen Bleecker Luce and Henry Robinson Luce.
He joined the army in Hillsdale, Michigan in June 1861, and was mustered out in June 1864. After serving with distinction in the Civil War, Moses studied at Hillsdale College and then the Albany Law School, where he graduated LL.B. 1867. At first he practised at Bushnell, Illinois, but in 1873 he migrated to San Diego.
In San Diego he helped found the leading legal firm of Luce, Forward, Kunzel & Scripps. He went on to become a leading player in business life in the growing city, in particular serving on the boards of several railroads and mining companies. He was instrumental in the founding of the Californian Southern Railroad, connecting San Diego to the Santa Fe Railroad.
He helped draft the San Diego city charter and was active in Republican politics, attending two Republican Party national conventions and a number of Californian state conventions. From 1875-80 he was a judge of the County Court of San Diego. For several decades he served as President of the Board of Trustees of the First Unitarian Church of San Diego, and was also a prominent Mason. From 1898 to 1911, he was in partnership with William A. Sloane, who would go on to serve on the California Supreme Court.
Luce retired from business in 1922, at the age of 80.
Voluntarily returned in the face of the advancing enemy to the assistance of a wounded and helpless comrade, and carried him, at imminent peril, to a place of safety.
BURIAL LOCATION: GREENWOOD MEMORIAL PARK, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.
Hawthorne Place Lot 89 Grave 2
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