Edward E. Moore
Not to be confused with George E. Moore, Los Angeles City Council member, 1943–51
Edward E. Moore (1866 or 1867–1940) was a teacher, newspaper editor and publisher, author and lawyer who served in the Indiana Senate from 1905 to 1913. He was also a Los Angeles, California, City Council member from 1925 to 1927.
Birth and family
Moore was born March 12, 1866 or 1867. He married Retta Harold in 1896; his second wife was named Rosalind. Moore was the father of two children.
Moore attended Valparaiso University, in Valparaiso, Indiana, and graduated from National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio. He attended National University Law School in Washington, D.C., after 1900.
After college Moore spent five years teaching in Ohio. In 1891 he moved to West College Corner in Union County, Indiana. Before entering political life, Moore was a newspaper editor and publisher at the College Corner (OH) Chronicle in 1898 and 1899. He also worked for the Connersville Courier in Fayette County, Indiana.
From 1900 to 1902 he worked as a U.S. Census Bureau clerk in Washington, D.C. Moore was admitted to the bar in 1903. After law school Moore returned to Indiana, where he authored Moore’s Cyclopedia (Connersville, Indiana, 1905), A Century of Indiana (New York, 1910), and other publications. In 1912 he worked as a salesman for a calendar company.
Moore entered politics in 1898 when he ran for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives as a Republican, but lost the race. After returning to Indiana from law school in Washington, D.C., Moore was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1905, where he represented Fayette, Henry, and Union Counties for two years. From 1907 to 1913 he continued to serve in the Indiana Senate, this time for Fayette, Hancock, and Rush Counties. Moore was also a member of the Indiana State Educational Commission.
Moore's first bid for public office in Los Angeles, as mayor in 1923, fell short when he came in third with 7,175 votes, against 61,766 for the incumbent George E. Cryer, and Bert L. Farmer with 17,672. In 1925 Moore ran for the open seat in the newly formed Council District 6 and won against C.W. Clegg, 5,237 votes to 4,656. At that time the district encompassed the Hyde Park and Angeles Mesa annexations, Vermont Avenue south to 62nd Street, and a shoestring strip leading to Westchester, Mines Field and the Hyperion sewage screening plant.
He was chairman of the council's public utilities committee and in 1925 voted in favor of establishing a unified rail station near the Plaza, where it now stands. Moore was also instrumental in persuading the Los Angeles Railway Company to abandon its right-of-way on Santa Barbara Avenue between Figueroa Street and Third Avenue so the tracks could be lowered to street level and the entire roadway resurfaced.
In 1927 Lester R. Rice-Wray defeated Moore's reelection bid. Later that year Moore helped form an organization known as Metropolitan Southwest to make an "advertising campaign" for a 100-square-mile (260 km2) area including Palos Verdes Estates, Culver City, Hawthorne, Torrance, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and parts of Los Angeles. That same year he served on the board of directors of an organization formed to recall Mayor Cryer. In 1932 Moore ran unsuccessfully for the 15th Congressional District seat.
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- A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly. Indianapolis: Select committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Bureau. vol. 2, p. 301.
- Obituaries, Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1940
- "Controllership and Twelve Seats in Council," Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1925, page B-6
- "Women to Aid Judge Bledsoe," Los Angeles Times, March 20, 1925, page A-5
- "The United Church Brotherhood," Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1923, page II-12
- "Map Showing City's Council Districts," Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1925, page A-1
- Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1925, pages A-1 and A-2
- "Depot Hearing Announced," Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1926, page A-1
- "Watch Your Councilman!" Los Angeles Times, February 24, 1926, page A-1
- "Pact Made on Street Plans," Los Angeles Times," March 26, 1927, page A-10
- "Advertising of District Will Start," Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1927, page E-4
- "Cryer Will Face New War Club," Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1927, page A-10
- "How to Mark Your Ballot Next Tuesday," Los Angeles Times," August 28, 1932, page A-1
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