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Charles Forrest Moore
"Born Dunmore, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, 1863. Lawyer. Educated Vanderbilt and Virginia Universities. Practiced law at Huntersville and Clifton Forge; moved to New York, 1902. He was for a time Judge of the County Court of Allegheny and Craig Counties, Va. Gained considerable reputation as a political orator and after-dinner speaker.
In 1890-91, the widespread wave of speculation that swept over Virginia and other Southern states resulted in a number of local 'booms' that caused many individual losses, even though the localities as a whole often prospered permanently. Moore was one of the victims. In the following amusing lines, printed in the Staunton Daily News (and republished in J. Lewis Peyton's story of boom times, Time Swindel, 1893), he bewailed his misfortune:
[Armistead C. Gordon, Virginian Writers of Fugitive Verse 125-126 (New York: James T. White & Co., 1923)] [See also, Obituary, New York Times, Jan. 10, 1932]
Charles Forrest Moore died on January 8, 1932.
Charles Forrest Moore, The Print Paper Situation (New York, 1916)
__________________, Moore's History of the States United and Otherwise (New York: Neale Pub. Co., 1909) [online text]
__________________, One Thing and Another: A Book of Essays (New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1924)
__________________, The Challenge of Life (New York: W.E. Rudge, 1925)
__________________, Parade of the Presidents (New York: W.E. Rudge, 1928)
__________________, Comradeship (New York: W.E. Rudge, 1926)
[My thanks to Grace Wigal, my colleague at the College of Law, West Virginia University, a family relation to Judge Moore, who provided me with a small handmade scrapbook of clippings, titled "Broadcasting" which indicates the date of Judge Moore's death.]