John Austin Moon (April 22, 1855 – June 26, 1921) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 3rd congressional district of Tennessee.

John Austin Moon
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byFoster V. Brown
Succeeded byJoseph Edgar Brown
Personal details
BornApril 22, 1855 (1855-04-22)
Albemarle County, Virginia
DiedJune 26, 1921 (1921-06-27) (aged 66)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Adeline Deaderick Moon
ChildrenAnna Mary Moon William Deaderick Moon
Alma materKing College




Born on April 22, 1855 near Charlottesville, Virginia in Albemarle County, Moon moved with his parents to Bristol, Virginia in 1857, and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1870.[1] He attended public and private schools and King College in Bristol, Tennessee.[1] He studied law, was admitted to the Alabama bar, at the age of nineteen. He moved to Chattanooga in 1874, was admitted to the Tennessee Bar Association and commenced practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He married Adeline McDowell Deaderick, daughter of James W. Deaderick and Adeline Shelby Deaderick. Their two children are Anna Mary Moon and William Deaderick Moon.[2]


Moon was the city attorney of Chattanooga in 1881 and 1882. He was a member of the state Democratic executive committee in 1888. Commissioned in May 1889 as a special circuit judge, and twice reappointed, he held the office until January 3, 1891. He was appointed regular judge for the fourth circuit and served until August 1892. He was elected circuit judge in 1892, and was re-elected in 1894 for a term of eight years, but he resigned when he was elected to Congress.[3]

Elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and the eleven succeeding Congresses, Moon served from March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1921.[4] He was chairman of the United States House Committee on Post Office and Post Roads during the Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1900.


Moon was renominated for Congress in 1921, but before election, he became ill and died in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 26, 1921 (age 66 years, 65 days). He is interred at Forrest Hill Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ a b Allison, John (1905). Notable Men of Tennessee: Personal and Genealogical, with portraits. Atlanta, Georgia: Southern historical Association. pp. 143–144. OCLC 2561350 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ "John A. Moon". The History of Hamilton County and Chattanooga Tennessee. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ "John A. Moon". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  4. ^ "John A. Moon". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  5. ^ "John A. Moon". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 April 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Foster V. Brown
U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District
Succeeded by
Joseph Edgar Brown