BLOCH

JESSE A. BLOCH, WHEELING

From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Hon. Jesse A. Bloch, one of the leading figures in the business and public life of northern West Virginia was born in Wheeling November 2nd, 1879, the son of Samuel S. and Bertha Bloch.
     Mr. Bloch was educated in the public schools and Linsly Institute of Wheeling, Phillips-Exeter Academy at Exeter, New Hampshire, and the Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts.
     Upon leaving college in 1900, Mr. Bloch entered the famous firm of Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company. He is now its first vice-president. This company, celebrated the world over as the manufacturers of "Mail Pouch", has long been one of the business institutions of Wheeling. It maintains here one of the largest tobacco factories in the world. S. S. Bloch, father of Jesse A. Bloch, is president.
     Mr. Bloch, in spite of his many important business connections, has found time to serve, with signal success, the people of Ohio County politically. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1913 and re-elected in 1915. His work in the Lower House inspired his elections to the State Senate in 1918 and during the legislative sessions in 1919 and 1920, he was a leading member of the Upper House. He filled, with distinction, many important committee appointments, being on the special committee to prepare road bills; as well as the Finances, the Penitentiary, the Counties and Municial Corporations, the Immigration and Agricultural, the Public Library, and the Virginia debt comniittees. He was chairman of the Forestry and Conservation committee and ranking member on the Roads and Navigation committee. In 1913 Mr. Bloch introduced the Workmen's Compensation Act in the legislature which later became law. He was also instrumental in the creation of much other constructive legislation, being one of the most vigorous proponents of the movement which culminated in the ratification by the West Virginia legislature of the 19th, or Woman Suffrage, Amendment to the Federal Constitution. West Virginia's ratification of this Amendment made the thirty-sixty State approval, and thus caused it to become automatically a part of the law of the land. Mr. Bloch retired from the State Senate after four years service in 1923 and has since devoted his entire time to the Bloch Brothers Company and other outstanding Wheeling concerns. He is a director of the Wheeling Bank and Trust Company, the National Exchange Bank, the Ohio Valley General Hospital, and the West Virginia Manufacturer's Association. At one time, he was Mayor of Pleasant Valley, a suburb which is now a part of Greater Wheeling.
     During the World War, Mr. Bloch took a prominent part in the drives and other civilian war measures. He is a member of the Fort Henry Club, the Wheeling Country Club, the Elks and the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. In 1905 Mr. Bloch was united in marriage to Miss Jessie C. Moffat, the daughter of Thomas C. and Blanche (Quarrier) Moffat, members of one of Wheeling's oldest families. They have two children: Thomas M., and Miss Betty. Recently Mr. Bloch, together with his brothers and sisters, honored their father, Mr. S. S. Bloch, by giving a fine and spacious Nurses home to the Ohio Valley General Hospital.
     Mr. Bloch's offices are at 4030 Water, Street, and his home is in Pleasant Valley, Wheeling, W. Va.