Robert Lee Moore (Georgia politician)

Robert Lee Moore (November 27, 1867 – January 14, 1940), also known as R. Lee Moore, was an American politician and lawyer from Georgia.

Early years and educationEdit

Moore was born near Scarboro, Georgia, in Screven County. He attended Scarboro Academy, Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia, and Moore’s Business University in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated in 1890 with a Bachelor of Laws (B.L.) from the UGA School of Law in Athens and was a member of Demosthenian Literary Society when he was a student. Moore gained admission to the state bar and began the practice of law in Statesboro, Georgia.

Political serviceEdit

From 1906 to 1907, Moore was the Mayor of Statesboro. He was the solicitor general of Georgia's middle judicial circuit from 1913 to 1916.[1][2] Moore was elected in 1922 as a Democrat to represent Georgia's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for the 68th Congress.[3] Moore won the election handily, with 5,579 votes. The second place candidate, a Republican, received 426 votes. The third place candidate, Don H. Clark, also running as a Republican, received 196 votes. Clark contested the outcome. In his notice of contest he "alleged various errors, frauds, and irregularities, including the burning of ballots, failure to open the polls, and conspiracy to prevent his name from appearing on the ballot". The matter was taken up by the United States House of Representatives, with the seat being affirmed for Moore.[4]

Later yearsEdit

After unsuccessfully running for reelection to that seat in 1924, Moore returned to practicing law in Statesboro. He died there on January 14, 1940, and was buried in Eastside Cemetery in that same city.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Godbee v. State, 141 Ga. 515 (Ga. 1914)". RavelLaw.com. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "Supreme Court of Georgia-Thompson v. The State-139 Ga. 592-March 11, 1913". Caselaw Access Project - Harvard Law School. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  3. ^ California. Secretary of State (1915). Roster: Federal, State, County, City, and Township Officials. p. 136.
  4. ^ "GENERAL ELECTION CASES, 1923 TO 1925 - The Georgia election case of Clark v. Moore" (PDF). United States House of Representatives. p. 307 Chapter CLXXI. Retrieved February 9, 2020.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James W. Overstreet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1925
Succeeded by
Charles Gordon Edwards