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Horace Ladd Moore

Politician. Democrat. Born: February 25, 1837, Portage County, Ohio. Died: May 1, 1914, Lawrence, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District: August 2, 1894, to March 3, 1895.

A Lawrence Democratic and People's Party candidate for Congress in 1892, H. L. Moore was a native of Portage County, Ohio, where he had been born on February 25, 1837. He attended the common schools there and the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, Hiram, Ohio, before moved to Lawrence, Kansas Territory, in 1858. Moore subsequently studied law and one month after his admission to the bar enlisted in Company D, Second Kansas Regiment, Volunteer Infantry (later, cavalry), on May 14, 1861. Moore was promoted to lieutenant in December 1861 and served continuously until June 30, 1865, when he was mustered out of the service as lieutenant colonel of the Fourth Regiment, Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry; he had transferred to the Fourth Arkansas in May 1864. As major of the Eighteenth and colonel of the Nineteenth regiments of Kansas Cavalry, Moore served against the Indians on the Plains in 1867 and 1868. After the Civil War, he also practiced law and from 1886 to 1892 engaged in the wholesale grocery business in Trinidad, Colorado. Moore also was treasurer of Douglas County, Kansas, and captured the Democrat/Populist nomination for 2nd District congressman in 1892; the contested result was finally settled in favor of Moore almost two years after the balloting, and he replaced the incumbent Republican, Edward H. Funston, on August 2, 1894, serving until March 3, 1895. Moore was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894. He served as president of the Kansas Historical Society in 1906. Moore returned to Lawrence and served as vice president of a national bank until his death on May 1, 1914.

Entry: Moore, Harace Ladd

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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