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William Folsom Moore (1868-1956)

Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1940-1941

William Folsom Moore was born October 28, 1868, in Starkville, Lamar County, Texas. His parents were early settlers in the area, and his father was a Texas state senator in 1873. He received his early education in Blossom Prairie, Deport, and Clarksville schools. He studied pre-law at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, from 1889 to 1890, entered The University of Texas School of Law in 1891, and earned his LL.B. degree in 1892.

Following his graduation, Moore practiced law in Paris for some fifty years beginning in 1893. The following year he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, serving four years. Moore was married in 1896; he and his wife had two daughters and one son. He served as a county chairman for the Democratic party and became a first assistant attorney general in 1839. He was appointed chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court in April 1940 following the death of Calvin Maples Cureton. He served until the end of the year, and did not seek election.

Following his supreme court service, Moore returned to his private law practice and held leadership roles of various civic organizations, including serving as chairman of the board of trustees of the Paris school district. He died in Paris, Texas November 3, 1956 at the age of eighty-eight.


Moore, W. F. Texas Politics (visited September 20, 2006).

20 Texas Bar Journal 55 (Memorial).

Extended bibliography

Boswell, Harry James. American Blue Book - Texas Attorneys 63 (Minneapolis, Minnesota: the author, 1926).

Additional information available in Southwestern Historical Quarterly as follow:
Volume 60, page 12,18

Additional information available in Texas Bar Journal as follow:
Volume 3, page 191
Volume 20, page 55

Ex-Justice W. F. Moore, Dies at 88, Dallas Morning News, Nov. 6, 1956.