Charles S. Moore

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Charles Sumner Moore
Oregon State Treasurer
In office
January 9, 1899 – January 14, 1907
Preceded by Phil Metschan
Succeeded by George A. Steel
Judge of Klamath County
In office
Constituency Klamath County
Personal details
Born January 8, 1857
Marion County, Oregon
Died July 20, 1915(1915-07-20) (aged 58)
Portland, Oregon
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Langell
Children 2
Alma mater Willamette University
Occupation Businessman

Charles Sumner Moore (January 8, 1857 – July 20, 1915) was an American businessman and politician in the state of Oregon. A native of the Pacific Northwest state, he held several elected offices in Klamath County in the southern part of the state, including county judge. A Republican, he served as Oregon State Treasurer from 1899 to 1907.

Early life[edit]

Charles Moore was born in the Willamette Valley in Marion County, Oregon, on January 8, 1857, to William S. and Margaret Octavia Moore (née Meldrum).[1][2] He received his primary education at the public schools of Oregon City and Salem before enrolling in college.[1] Moore attended Willamette University in Salem from 1872 to 1874.[1]

In 1874, he began working at the Klamath Indian Reservation in Southern Oregon, remaining until 1877.[1] That year Moore worked for his father in Klamath Falls assisting in the construction of the first saw mill in that community.[1] After briefly studying law in Portland, he returned to Southern Oregon.[2] In 1878, he entered the retail industry as a store clerk, keeping that position until 1886.[1] He married Mary L. Langell of Jacksonville, Oregon, in 1884, and they had two sons.[1] From 1886 to 1899 Moore managed and was part owner of a mercantile.[1] He also helped build the first electricity plant in Klamath Falls during the 1890s with his brother Rufus.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

In 1880, Moore earned his first elected office as a school clerk for the Linkville School District (now Klamath Falls).[2] He then served as a school director before winning a seat on the first board of trustees for the town of Klamath Falls.[2] Moore served as county judge of Klamath County from 1894 to 1898.[3] His father had been the first county judge when the county was created in 1882.[2] He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896.[2]

In 1898, he was elected to the office of Oregon State Treasurer.[4] Elected as a Republican, he replaced fellow Republican Phil Metschan who had served two terms.[4] Moore won re-election in 1902 and served in office from January 9, 1899 until January 14, 1907, when George A. Steel took office.[4] Politically he was against the initiative and referendum, but for the gold standard.[2]

Later years[edit]

After leaving office he returned to his business pursuits which included timber and banking.[1] He also served on the board of directors for insurance company Oregon Life.[5] He and his brother Rufus were large land owners in Klamath County.[2] Charles Moore died in Portland on July 20, 1915, at the age of 58.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Corning, Howard M. (1989) Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing. p. 169.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gaston, Joseph. (1912). The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. pp. 960-961.
  3. ^ a b "Newsmakers during the 1900's, Klamath County”, Herald and News, December 31, 1999.
  4. ^ a b c Treasurers of Oregon. Oregon Blue Book, Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on December 21, 2008.
  5. ^ The Insurance Year Book. Life and Miscellaneous. New York: The Spectator Co, 1909. p. 224.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Metschan
Treasurer of Oregon
Succeeded by
George A. Steel