R.J. Moore

Robert James Moore

Full Name: Robert James Moore
Date of birth: April 11, 1840
Date of death: April 4, 1918

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 71 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)   Other Washington / Washington   Washington
H 71 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th (7) (8)   Republican Brenham / Washington   Washington
H 71 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (9)   Republican Brenham / Washington   Washington

(1) "Although he was a Republican, Moore received support from the People's party in the election of 1886." Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) WASHINGTON COUNTY. "The county's Republican party dominated politics throughout the 1870s and into the early 1880s. White Democrats regained control of the local government in 1884, however, under the banner of the People's Party (not to be confused with the later People's Party also known as the Populist Party) . . . Local Democrats strengthened their hold on the county two years later in the violent election of 1886." Handbook of Texas Online.
(3) "In politics, he is a Republican," p. 158. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
(4) Robert James Moore, Washington. Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(5) Independent republican, 1/12/1887, p. 2. San Antonio Daily Express.
(6) Moore "had fallen out of favor with the Republicans and saw the Democratic People's Party as a way of remaining in politics," p. 131. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
(7) R.J. Moore has shown his independence of the party . . . , 11/12/1884, p. 3. Galveston Daily News.
(8) Party affiliation listed as Independent Republican, p. 43. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
(9) Republican. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Robert J. Moore, birth date 4/11/1840, death date 4/4/1918, member of the Texas House of Representatives during the 18th, 19th, and 20th Legislatures. Washington County Texas African American Cemeteries Family Tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Census of 1880 - Robert J. Moore, Washington County, age 39, born circa 1841 in Texas, teacher of public school, wife Ann.
    Census of 1910 - Robert J. Moore, Washington County, age 70, born circa 1840 in Texas, farmer, wife Annie.
    FamilySearch. 1880 1910
  • R.J. Moore, birth date 4/11/1840 in Washington, Texas, death date 4/4/1918 in Washington, Washington County, Texas, age 77, father Robt. J. Moore, Sr., mother Jane Childs. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • The Hon. Prof. R.J. Moore, birth date 4/11/1840, death date 4/1/1918, burial in Washington Cemetery, Washington, Washington County. Find a Grave.
  • "Penitentiary Investigation," 2/11/1885, p. 9. Galveston Daily News.
  • Mentioned in Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants, 1970.
  • Mentioned, pp. 147-156. Time of Hope, Time of Despair: Black Texans During Reconstruction, 1981.


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Committee Information top

20th R.S. - 1887
Educational Affairs  
Privileges and Elections  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
19th R.S. - 1885
Federal Relations  
Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
18th R.S. - 1883
Stock and Stockraising  

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