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Thomas Overton Moore
17th
Governor of Louisiana

Preceded by Robert C. Wickliffe
Governor by Election
Served from January 23, 1860 (U.S.)
Served to January 25, 1861 (U.S.)
 
Governor by Continuance
Served from January 26, 1861 (C. S. A.)
Served to January 25, 1864 (C. S. A.)
Left Office by Term ended (C. S.  A.)
Succeeded by Henry W. Allen (C. S. A.)
Succeeded by George F. Shepley (U. S.)
 
Born
Location
April 10, 1804
Sampson Co, North Carolina
Died
Location
June 25, 1876
near Alexandria, Louisiana
Cause Long Illness
Age 72
 
Party Democratic
Education North Carolina Schools
Profession Planter
 
Spouse Bethiah Jane Leonard
Children 5
Plantation Mooreland
Religion Episcopalian
Burial Mt. Olivet Cemetery

1856 - 1861 (USA)
1861 - 1864 (CSA)

Thomas Overton Moore, the 17th Governor of Louisiana, served from 1856 to 1860.  He was elected over Thomas Jefferson Wells by a wide margin.

Moore remained governor during a three month period after Louisiana succeeded from the United States and before Louisiana joined the Confederacy. 

He was thus the 17th Governor of the State of Louisiana, only Governor of the independent territory of Louisiana and the 1st Governor of the Confederate State of Louisiana.

Born on April 10, 1804 in North Carolina, he died on June 25, 1876 near Alexandria, La.

Thomas Moore had limited public education yet prospered after moving to Louisiana in 1829.  He became a plantation owner, was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives and then to the Senate.  In 1853 he was elected Governor of Louisiana.

Moore ordered the seizing of all Federal facilities in Louisiana in anticipation of war after Lincoln was elected as President.  He proposed the convention that soon passed the Ordinance of Secession of Louisiana

He became the 1st governor of Confederate Louisiana after New Orleans was easily captured in 1862.  George Foster Shepley was appointed military governor of the Union held territories of Louisiana.

Moore's Rapides Parish home was burned by union forces during the war.  Near the end, he fled to Mexico to avoid arrest.  Through the intercession of William Tecumseh Sherman, he was eventually pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and returned home to rebuild his property.

Buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pineville, he has top billing on a cenotaph shared with  the Hayes and Hyams families.


Moore, Hayes and Hyams Cenotaph

T. O. &  B. J. Moore
B. F. Hayes
K. R.,  E. J. & H. M. Hyams
 T. O. W. & J. Hayes

(Henry M. Hyams was Lt. Governor under T. O. Moore)


Governor Thomas Overton Moore Headstone

T. O. Moore
Born
April 19, 1804
Died June 25, 1876


Headstone of the wife of T. O. Moore

Berthia J.
Moore
Born
February 10, 1815
Died
November 8, 1880


Headstones of T. O. Moore and B. J. Moore

 

Other stones and monuments in the Moore, Hayes, Hyams, Staples family plot follow:


Heloise Sale Staples
Died Nov. 21, 1912


Octavine Marcotte
Beloved Wife Of
G. A. Staples
Died May 27, 1929


Son-in-Law of Governor Moore

Bernard F. Hayes
Born
August 19, 1830
Died
Dec. 11, 1863


Emma Jane
Hyams
Born
January 16, 1838
Died
May 3, 1873

K. R. Hyams
Died
Died July 4, 1874

K. R. Hyams
PVT CO. B 2 REGT LA INF
Confederate States Army
1839     1874


Our Baby
Louis
Died
Died June 15, 1895


Emma Jane Hyams
Beloved Wife of Louis J. Hakenyos
Born August 1, 1871
Died December 2, 1927


Camden K. Staples
Louisiana
PVT US ARMY
WORLD WAR I
Dec 1 1899     Jan 17, 1962


Shirley B. Staples
March 15, 1872
February 17, 1940


Laura Hyams
Wife of
S. B. Staples
January 9, 1873
November 17, 1966
(Daughter of Jane Moore Hymans)
(Granddaughter of Governor Thomas Overton Moore)


Shirley Staples
Allen
December 25, 1901
February 7, 1987

Grandson of Governor Moore

Bernard M. Hayes
Born
August 7, 1859
Died
January 19, 1890

Grandson of Governor Moore

T. O. Moore
Hayes
Born
May 23, 1858
Died
June 1, 1880

1860 Census Excerpt - Rapides Parish

Thomas O Moore, 56, m, Governor & Farmer
Berthia J, 44, f
Bernard F. Hayes, m, 29, Atty Law
Emma J., 22, f
T. O. Moore, 2, m

1870 Census Excerpt - Rapides Parish

Moore, Thomas O, 66, m, w, Planter
Berthia J, 55, f, w, Keeping House
Hyams, Kosinska, 32, m, w, Planter
Emma J, 30, f, w, Keeping House
Hayes, Thomas M, 12,m, w, Attending School
Bernard, 10, m, w, Attending School
Hyams, Henry M, 1, m, w
Betty, 11/12, f, w


At the entrance to Mt. Olivet Cemetery is the Overton family plot with this headstone:

 THOMAS
OVERTON
MAR. 26, 1835
Aug. 14, 1913


In another part of Mt. Olivet Cemetery is this stone:

 THOMAS OVERTON
MOORE WELLS
Second Son of
Jefferson Wells
And
Ida Fenwick Brent
Born on Lodi Place
April 24, 1864
Died Wednesday
January 7, 1913

"Prayer is the key to open the day
And the bolt to shut in the night."

 

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