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John Merrick Moore Papers, 1840-1951

John Merrick Moore Papers, 1840-1951

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John Merrick Moore Papers, 1840-1951 UALR.MS.0024

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-21T16:05-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: John Merrick Moore Papers, 1840-1951
Dates: 1840-1951
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet; 2 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0024


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Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains the correspondence, legal papers, and XV Club records of John Merrick Moore (1880-1954), a Little Rock attorney. Also included are correspondence and records from Moore's relatives: Jared C. Martin, Israel M. Moore, John Mordecai Moore, Blakely D. Turner, and William J. Turner. The collection includes a number of antebellum letters, correspondence with leading political figures and memorial tributes to prominent Arkansans.

See also: Martin Family Papers, UALR.MS.0051, and the Jared C. Martin Family Papers, MSS-05-01 (Butler Center). For more on the XV Club, see the XV Club Papers, UALR.MS.0134.

Biographical Note

John Merrick Moore, son of John Mordecai Moore and Annie C. Turner, was born in Pulaski County 1880 December 22. He graduated from Columbia Law College in 1905 and entered practice with his father in Little Rock. In 1915, he married Rebecca Read. Moore joined Little Rock's XV Club around 1930 and remained a member for 17 years. (The XV Club, founded in 1904, is a social and discussion club. Limited to 15 members, the club's roster has included some of the most prominent men in Little Rock.) He died 1954 March 22.

John Mordecai Moore, son of Israel M. Moore and Nancy Jane Martin, was born in Pulaski County 1843 June 4 and was raised in Searcy. He served as a lieutenant in the Third Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) during the Civil War. By 1871, Moore had opened a law office in Little Rock. He was the reporter of the Arkansas Supreme Court for six years. In later years, he served as president of the Arkansas Bar Association and as chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee. In 1873, Moore married Annie C. Turner, daughter of Blakely D. Turner and sister of W. J. Turner (both Little Rock attorneys). The couple had four children: John Merrick, Janie, Charlotte, and Blake. John Mordecai Moore died 1924 March 5.

Israel Merrick Moore, father of John Mordecai Moore, was born 1814 December 3 in Pennsylvania. Moore arrived in Arkansas around 1836, with a contract to survey public lands in southern Arkansas for the U.S. government. In 1848, he acquired property in White County and established a mercantile business at Searcy. He was also involved with the promotion of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad. In 1840, he married Nancy Jane Martin. The couple had four children: John M., Mary Allen, Margaret R., and Nancy Jane. Israel Merrick Moore died 1891 January 17.

Jared Carswell Martin, born in Georgia on 1806 October 11, was the brother of John Martin III (whose daughter, Nancy Jane Martin, married Israel M. Moore). Raised in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Martin moved to Little Rock around 1821 and operated a ferryboat. Martin also carried mail between Little Rock and Arkansas Post for two years. On 1827 January 25, he married Mary Douglas. The couple lived on Fourche Bayou, where Martin engaged in farming. He represented Pulaski County in the 1843 General Assembly and served as state treasurer from 1843 to 1845. Martin died 1857 November 7.

Dillard, Tom W., donor
Lawyers--Arkansas--History--20th century
Martin family
Moore, John Merrick, 1880-1954
XV Club (Little Rock, Ark.).


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This collection and additional collections referenced in the Scope and Contents note are available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

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Bibliographic citation:

John Merrick Moore Papers, 1840-1951, UALR.MS.0024. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, John Merrick Moore Papers, 1840-1951, UALR.MS.0024.

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