John Moore (Louisiana)

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John Moore

John Moore (1788–1867) was an American statesman and planter from Louisiana. He served in the U.S. Congress from 1840 to 1843 and again from 1851 to 1853. He was a lifelong member of the Whig Party.

Moore was born in 1788 in Berkeley County, Virginia (now in West Virginia). He moved to Franklin, Louisiana, and was elected to the state House of Representatives for St. Mary Parish in 1825. He held that seat until 1834. He was first elected to the U.S. Congress to replace Rice Garland and took his seat on December 17, 1840. He was re-elected in the general election and served until March 3, 1843.

Moore moved to Iberia Parish and married Mary Weeks, widow of the builder of the plantation Shadows-on-the-Teche. He was elected to the U.S. Congress again in 1850, serving a single term in 1851-1853; he was the last Whig elected to Congress from Louisiana. In 1861 Moore was a delegate to the Louisiana secession convention. He died in Franklin, Louisiana on June 17, 1867 and was buried on his estate.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rice Garland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district

1840 – 1843
Succeeded by
John Bennett Dawson
Preceded by
Isaac Edward Morse
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th congressional district

1851 – 1853
Succeeded by
Roland Jones