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Horace L. Moore (1837-1914) - Banker, soldier and member of Congress, Moore was born at Mantua, Ohio on February 25, 1837. He received his education in the district schools and the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute at Hiram, Ohio. He then taught school at Yankeebush, near Warren, Pennsylvania, when only 17 years old. In 1858 he moved to Kansas with his brother Francis, who died a month after their arrival in Atchison County. Moore taught a six months' term of school at Barry, Clay County, Missouri during the winter of 1859-60. In 1860 he entered the law office of Christian & Lane, where he studied until he enlisted in the army on May 14, 1861, as a private in Company D, Second Kansas Infantry, a three months regiment. In the organization of his company he was made a corporal and served until October 31, participating in all the actions of the regiment. The day he was mustered out, he re-enlisted and on December 11, 1861, he was made second lieutenant on the reorganization of Company D. On May 1, 1862, he received his commission as first lieutenant and was promoted to the captaincy of his company in 1863, but never mustered, as he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the Fourth Arkansas Cavalry by the Secretary of War and mustered into that regiment on February 18, 1864. In the meantime, he married Esther Amelia at Ravena, Ohio on September 16, 1864, while continuing to hold his command until mustered out of the service on June 30, 1865. In 1867, with the rank of major, he commanded a battalion of cavalry, called the Eighteenth Kansas, during its service on the plains against hostile Indians. On October 30, 1868, he was mustered in as lieutenant-colonel of the Nineteenth Kansas Cavalry and on March 23, 1869, was promoted to a colonel. With this regiment he took part in the campaign conducted by General Philip Sheridan, which resulted in forcing the hostile Indians back upon their reservations. At the close of the war Moore engaged in the grocery business at Lawrence, in Trinidad, Colorado, Las Vegas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, under the firm name of Moore, Bennett & Co., but in 1882 he sold his interest in the business and returned to Lawrence. Subsequently, he was treasurer of Douglas County for two years. In 1892 he was nominated and elected to Congress by the Democrats and Populists, but was not seated until August 2, 1894, as Edward H. Funston had been given the certificate of election and was not unseated until that time. After retiring from Congress, Moore resided in Lawrence, was the president of the Lawrence National Bank and took a deep interest in all historical matters, was a long-time member of the Kansas State Historical Society and was its president in 1906. He also spent much time in compiling a record of the Moore family. He died on May 1, 1914. 


Henry Miles MooreHenry Miles Moore (1826-1909) - A Free State supporter during the Kansas-Missouri Border War, Kansas Attorney General, and Union Officer during the Civil War, Moore was born on September 2, 1826, in Brockport, New York. After being orphaned prior to his first birthday, he was raised by his grandfather and grew up to graduate from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He then studied law under two firms in New York before being admitted to the New York bar in 1848. He then made his way to Louisiana where he practiced law and ran a plantation for two years before making his way to Weston, Missouri in 1850. Once again, he worked as an attorney and also became the editor for the Weston Reporter newspaper. After the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed in 1854, he relocated just across the Missouri River in Leavenworth, Kansas Territory and became the secretary of the Leavenworth Town Company. Though Moore had been a slaveholder in Louisiana and developed Southern sympathies, his politics turned after witnessing the outrages committed by the proslavery men during the tumultuous days of Bleeding Kansas.


Though Leavenworth was filled with pro-slavery advocates, Moore became actively involved in the Free-State cause and in 1855 was a delegate to the Topeka Constitutional Convention and later elected attorney general. In 1858 he served the people of Leavenworth as a member of the territorial legislature.

When the Civil War began he joined the Union army and first served as as judge advocate with the rank of lieutenant colonel on James H. Lane’s staff. Afterwards, he became an acting colonel in the 5th Kansas Cavalry Regiment, and later, a captain to the commissary of subsistence for Kansas. When the war was over, Moore remained active in politics and in 1868 served as a house member in the state legislature. He was then elected for three consecutive terms as Leavenworth City Attorney. He was killed in an accident involving a runaway horse on August 7, 1909.



Edmund Needham MorrillEdmund Needham Morrill (1834-1909) - The thirteenth governor of the State of Kansas, Morrill was born at Westbrook, Maine on February 12, 1834. He was educated in the public schools and at Westbrook Academy, and after leaving school learned the trade of a tanner with his father. In March, 1857, he landed in Kansas and located in Brown County, where he and a partner established a sawmill. The same year he was elected to represent Brown and Nemaha counties in the first Free-State legislature, serving in the extra session of December, 1857, and the regular session which began in January, 1858. In 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company C, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, but in a short time was promoted to the rank of sergeant. In August, 1862, he was commissioned captain and ordered to report to General Grant at Corinth, Mississippi, where he was made Commissary of Subsistence and placed in charge of government stores in Tennessee. Near the close of the war, he was brevetted major, and was honorably discharged in October, 1865. Returning to Brown County, he engaged in the banking business, in which he continued for the remainder of his life, and at the time of his death it was said that during his long career as a banker he never foreclosed a mortgage. In 1866, he was elected Clerk of the District Court. The following year he was elected County Clerk and held that office by re-elections until 1872, when he was elected to the Kansas State Senate. He was re-elected to the senate in 1876, and during his second term, served as president pro tem. In 1882 he was elected Congressman-at-large, and at each of the three succeeding biennial elections was chosen to represent the First District in the lower house of the National Legislature. In 1890 he declined a fourth term as Congressman from and announced his intention of retiring permanently from politics. However, in 1894, he yielded to the solicitations of his friends and accepted the Republican nomination for governor. At the election in November, won the election. He was defeated for a second term in 1896. Governor Morrill was a man of great public spirit and was always a willing helper of any enterprise for the material advancement of the state. He was a liberal contributor to the drought sufferers, gave the City of Hiawatha its fine library and academy, and no church ever appealed to him in vain for assistance. On July 7, 1886, he became a member of the Kansas Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, in which he held the offices of vice-commander and chaplain. He was twice married. His first wife died without children, but the second marriage was blessed with two sons and two daughters. Governor Morrill died on March 14, 1909.


Victor MurdockVictor Murdock (1871-1945) - Journalist and member of Congress, Murdoc was a native Kansan, having been born at Burlingame on March 18, 1871. The next year his parents,  Marshall M. and Victoria (Mayberry) Murdock, moved to Wichita, then a frontier town, where Victor attended the public schools and the Lewis Academy. At the age of 10, he commenced learning the printer's trade, working during his vacations, and when he was just 15 years-old he became a reporter. He rapidly developed the "journalistic instinct," and five years later went to Chicago, where for some time he held a position on the staff of one of the metropolitan dailies. In 1890 he was united in marriage with M. P. Allen, and in 1894 he became managing editor of the Wichita Eagle. In 1902 he was nominated by the Republican district convention for Congress, was elected the following November, and was re-elected at each succeeding biennial election to 1914. Afterwards, he continued as editor of the the Wichita Eagle until his death in Wichita, Kansas on July 8, 1945.


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Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of Kansas, updated March, 2017..

About the Article: The majority of this historic text was published in Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume I; edited by Frank W. Blackmar,  A.M. Ph. D.; Standard Publishing Company, Chicago, IL 1912. However, the text that appears on these pages is not verbatim, as additions, updates, and editing have occurred.


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