Alabama Commissioners of Agriculture and Industries

James Monroe Moore: 1923-1927



James Monroe Moore, of Fayette, was born January 6, 1886, near Belk P.O., in Fayette County; was the son of James David and Frances (Estes) Moore, the former a merchant and farmer, and justice of the peace during the administration of Governor Thomas G. Jones; grandson of David and Mary (Brown) Moore, and of Cooper Bennett and Elizabeth Burton (Ayers) Estes, resident of Georgia, who removed to Fayette County in 1856. Cooper B. Estes was a native of South Carolina. David Moore was a member of the 26th Ala. Inf. Regt., C.S.A.


Mr. Moore was educated in the common schools of his county; in the 6th District Agricultural School at Hamilton; graduated at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, with a degree of B.S., 1912; and from the A. and M. College of Texas with the M.S. degree, 1913, taking a two-year course in one year. He has taught music and literary schools in Fayette County. He was the author of "The Story of Two Cows and Four Acres," an illustrated article for use in Agricultural school work; and also the author of several religious songs. Upon returning to his native county to make his home he applied his agricultural training to local problems, and in 1914 organized the Fayette Truck Grower's Assosiation, a movement that resulted in the growing of and shipping of carload lots of farm produce, as well as the reduction of freight rates for such commodities. Another piece of constructive work undertaken by Mr. Moore was a successful effort toward having the Government make a survey of the overflowed and swamp lands of the Luxapalila and Sipsey rivers of Fayette County.


He was a Democrat; a Baptist; a Woodman of the World. He married May 29, 1917, Stella, daughter of George W. and Louisa (Hocutt) Poe, of Fayette County. He served as Supervisor of the Food, Drug, and Feed Division of the Department, 1919-1923, being elected Commissioner in the regular election of November, 1922.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1923, 25.