William M. Moore, president of the Farmer's State Bank and mayor of Anthony, has been prominently identified with the affairs of Southern Kansas for thirty years. He is a native of Tennessee, born in Jefferson county, August 7, 1860, and is a son of John and Amanda M. (Miller) Moore. The father was also a native of Jefferson county, born July 8, 1819, of New Jersey parents and Scotch-Irish descent. John Moore was a farmer throughout his life and prominent in the community where he lived. He was a Republican and a strong Union man, during the Civil war. He was a member of the Baptist church, throughout life, and died in his native State in 1894. Amanda Miller to whom he was married in 1839, was also a native of Jefferson county, Tennessee, and a daughter of Robert and Sarah Miller, both natives of that State. She was born April 16, 1821, and died May 20, 1896. She, like her husband, was a devout member of the Baptist church. To John and Amanda (Miller) Moore were born ten children: Zacharias C., born March 3, 1840, and died in 1910; Robert Miller, born May 28, 1842, and died during the Civil war, while serving in the Confederate army; Sarah, died in infancy; John Porter, born in 1846, came to Kansas, in 1909, and died in Harper county, February 29, 1911; Mary A., born in 1848, now the wife of F. M. Slayton, farmer, Jefferson county, Tennessee; Joseph R., born in 1850, a farmer and merchant at Kodak, Tenn.; Samuel Walker, born in 1852, resides in Jefferson county, Tennessee; Martha, born in 1854, now the wife of John Swedser, Knoxville, Tenn.; William M., the subject of this sketch, and Albert Henry, died in infancy. William M. Moore attended the public schools of Jefferson county, and graduated from the Dandridge High School in the class of 1877 (the town of Dandridge was named in honor of Martha Washington, Dandridge being her maiden name). In 1880, young Moore entered Carson & Newman's college at Jefferson City, Tenn., where he was graduated in the class of 1883. He then taught school for one year in Jefferson county, and in 1884, came to Kansas, locating in Harper county, and for three years taught the Burchfield school eight miles south of Anthony. This school became a district high school in 1888, through his efforts as a legislator. In 1885, Mr. Moore bought fifteen hundred acres of unimproved land in Spring township, which, he improved and has carried on farming and stock raising on an extensive scale since that time and still owns the place. He has always been a Republican, and took an active part in local politics since he came to Harper county. In 1890, he was elected a member of the board of county commissioners, serving three years, and during the last year was chairman of the board. He was a member of this body when the fraudulent bonds which were issued against Harper county, were finally compromised and cancelled, and it was largely through his efforts that the final disposition of this problem, which had harassed the county for years was reached. He represented Harper county in the State legislature in the sessions of 1909, and 1911, and during the former session was a member of five different Legislative Committees and chairman of the Committee on Charitable Institutions. In this session, he was the author of "The County Demonstration Bill," which was passed. This bill allowed the State Agricultural College to test, and experiment with seeds. He was the author of other important measures which became laws, notable, among which was the bill creating township high schools, and his home township, Spring, voted bonds and built the first township high school in the State, under the provisions of this Act. During the session of 1911, he was a member of the Ways and Means, Banks and Banking, Congressional Appropriation and Charitable Institution Committees, and was chairman of the Committee on Penal Institutions. During this session he was chosen by a Legislative vote, a member of the committee to represent Kansas at the Panama-Pacific Exposition at San Francisco, in 1915. In 1912, he was one of the Kansas representatives, appointed by Gov. Stubbs, to the World's Prison Congress, held at Omaha, Neb. In 1909, he was one of the organizers of the Farmer's State Bank, of Anthony, and at that time was elected president of the Institution, and has since been the active executive head of this bank. The bank has had a substantial growth and has shown capable management from its organization. Its board of directors include eleven of the most substantial business men and farmers of Harper county. Mr. Moore is now mayor of Anthony, having been elected in 1913, when the town adopted the commission form of government, and he is handling the municipal affairs of Anthony in the same successful business-like way that he handled his private affairs. Mr. Moore was united in marriage, September 3, 1885, to Miss Parolse Burchfield, a native of Dandridge, Tenn., born January 22, 1864. She was a daughter of Rev. J. R. and Louise (Lee) Burchfield. She died December 14, 1897. On January 6, 1907, Mr. Moore married Miss Sopha Bousher, of Cairo, Mo., a daughter of Dr. D. P. and Sarah Bousher. Mr. Moore is a Thirty-second Degree, Knights Templar Mason, and a member of the Mystic Shrine, and belongs to the Baptist church. He is a public spirited citizen, and is ever willing to do his part in promoting the public welfare.Pages 292-294 from a supplemental volume 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 October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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