Abbot Low Moffat

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Abbot Low Moffat
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Abbot Low Moffat signature
Member of the New York State Assembly
for New York County, 15th District
In office
Preceded bySamuel H. Hofstadter
Succeeded byJohn R. Brook
Personal details
Born(1901-05-12)May 12, 1901
Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 17, 1996(1996-04-17) (aged 94)
Hightstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Cause of deathCancer
Political partyRepublican
Alma materColumbia Law School

Abbot Low Moffat (May 12, 1901 – April 17, 1996) was an American politician from New York.


He was born on May 12, 1901, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He graduated from Harvard University in 1923, and from Columbia Law School in 1926. Then he traveled about Asia and Australia for some time, and got interested in history and geography. He was admitted to the bar in 1927, and practiced in New York City. He also entered politics as a Republican.

Moffat was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 15th D.) in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939–40, 1941–42 and 1943. He was Chairman of the Committee on the Affairs of New York City in 1934; and Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means from 1936[1] to 1943. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1938. He proposed, and then sponsored legislation, to build the New York State Thruway. He resigned his seat on August 16, 1943, to accept a post at the U.S. Department of State.[2] He headed the department's South-East Asia Division from 1944 to 1947; and then served in a variety of diplomatic posts: from 1947 to 1948 in Greece, from 1948 to 1950 in Great Britain, from 1950 to 1952 in Burma, and from 1957 to 1960 in Ghana. From 1954 to 1956, he worked for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

In 1961, he retired from the diplomatic service, and removed to Princeton, New Jersey. The same year he published a biography of King Mongkut of Siam.[3]

He died on April 17, 1996, in a retirement home in Hightstown, New Jersey, of cancer.[4]

Ambassador Jay Pierrepont Moffat (1896–1943) was his brother, and Ambassador Jay Pierrepont Moffat Jr. (born 1932) is his nephew.


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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Samuel H. Hofstadter
New York State Assembly
New York County, 15th District

Succeeded by
John R. Brook
Preceded by
Meyer Alterman
New York State Assembly
Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means

Succeeded by
D. Mallory Stephens