updated at 3:15 p.m.
Moore was 92-years old when he died on Tuesday. He was a fixture in Richmond most of his life, with a trademark ballcap and an easy-going nature that allowed him to win most of his elections over the past six decades with little or no opposition. During a recent visit to KUHF, Moore remembered the day he became mayor.
“I was called to the Rotary Club on Monday, September 22nd, 1949 just to attend the meeting and they said we want you to fill-out an unexpired term as mayor. I said, ‘Okay, I’ll think about it it.’ They said, ‘No we want to swear you in this afternoon.’ I said, ‘Wow. That’s a little fast.'”
If there was any doubt about Mayor Moore’s standing in Richmond, it was quickly dispelled with a life-size statue of him that was unveiled a few years ago.
“It’s interesting and flattering the number of people who stop by and look at the statue. Unfortunately, I usually wear a cap or a hat and I’m bare-headed in the statue, so when it gets real cold and all, some of my friends will put a cap over the mayor’s head.”
Moore says he tried to keep things on the up-and-up over the decades, which was a big part of his longevity.
“As a matter of fact, I don’t have a desk at city hall. And in 62-years I’ve never had a key to city hall, because I don’t want anybody to be able to say that I was in there and could cook the books. Anytime I’ve been in city hall, there’s been somebody there as a witness to what I was doing.”
Moore was the longest serving mayor in the U.S. when he died. Flags in Fort Bend County will fly at half staff for the next several days.
KUHF talked to Moore ten years ago as part of a documentary on Fort Bend County.
“I have three ancestors who were during the period that Texas was a republic. In fact, my great-great grandfather was one of the signers of the Texas declaration of independence, so my roots are pretty deep here in Fort Bend County.”
Moore was thought to have been the longest-serving mayor in Texas history. He was appointed to fill an unexpired term back in 1949.