Moses McKissack, III, was born in Tennessee to Moses, II, and Dolly Ann McKissack. Early on the young Moses McKissack worked with his father's building, carpentry, and contracting business, a longstanding family tradition. By 1890 he was already apprenticing with James Porter, and he remained with Porter for five years, learning how to make construction drawings. By 1896 he had moved to the Vale Rolling and Riverburg Mills where he prepared shop drawings for B. F. McGrew and Pitman & Peterson. In 1905 he established his own architect-builder office in Nashville, TN, where he would be joined in 1922 by his brother Calvin, who had earned his Certificate in Architecture from the International Correspondence School in Scranton, PA. In his early years as an independent architect Moses McKissack produced many designs for residences for Vanderbilt University faculty as well as a large commission for the Carnegie Library for Fisk University (1908). With the addition of his brother to the office, the firm undertook a more general practice: residences, churches, public schools and public housing.
Moses McKissack was appointed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the White House Conference on Housing Problems.
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