Moore, Horace L., banker and member of Congress, was born at Mantua, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1837. He received his education in the district schools and the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute at Hiram, Ohio. He taught his first school at Yankeebush, near Warren, Pa., when only seventeen years old. In 1858 he moved to Kansas with his brother Francis, who died a month after their arrival in Atchison county. Mr. Moore taught a six months' term of school at Barry, Clay county, Mo., during the winter of 1859-60, and joined the Masonic order there. In 1860 he entered the law office of Christian & Lane, where he studied until he enlisted 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 Oct. 31, participating in all the actions of the regiment. The day he was mustered out he reënlisted and on Dec. 11, 1861, 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 Feb. 18, 1864. He held this 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 Oct. 30, 1868, he was mustered in as lieutenant-colonel of the Nineteenth Kansas cavalry and on March 23, 1869, was promoted to the colonelcy. With this regiment he took part in the campaign conducted by Gen. P. H. Sheridan, which resulted in forcing the hostile Indians back upon their reservations. At the close of the war Mr. Moore engaged in the grocery business at Lawrence, in Trinidad, Col., Las Vegas and Albuquerque, N. M., 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 Aug. 2, 1894, as Edward H. Funston had been given the certificate of election and was not unseated until that time. Since retiring from Congress Mr. Moore has resided in Lawrence. He is president of the Lawrence National Bank; takes a deep interest in all historical matters; has long been a member of the Kansas State Historical Society; was its president in 1906; and is a member of the board of directors of the society for the term ending in Dec., 1912. Mr. Moore has spent much time and labor in compiling a record of the Moore family. On Sept. 16, 1864, Mr. Moore married Esther Amelia, the daughter of Capt. Samuel and Jane (Deming) Harmon, at Ravena, Ohio, whose ancestors were pioneer settlers of New England, having come to Springfield, Mass., in 1644.Pages 310-311 from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward.
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