Charles W. Moores, Jr. Speeches
1901-circa 1920s, undated
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Christina Baich, April 2006
Charles Washington Moores, Jr. was born on February 15, 1862, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents were Charles Washington Moores and Julia Dumont Merrill. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Litt.D. degrees from Wabash University and attended the Central Law School (Indianapolis). Moores practiced law in Indianapolis and lectured at the Indiana Law School. In 1888, he became a U.S. Commissioner. On October 5, 1896, he married Elizabeth Nichols of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Moores was greatly involved in education, a passion inherited from his family. He was a member of the Indianapolis School Board from 1900 to 1909, serving as Vice-President from 1903 to 1908 and President from 1908 to 1909. He was also on the Board of Directors for Butler College (1903-1909) and Indianapolis Art Institute (1909 and 1918). Among his other civic roles were first Vice-President of the Indiana Historical Society and a member of the Indiana Historical Commission. Moores was a member of the American, Indiana State, and Indianapolis Bar Associations and served as President of the latter. He died on December 7, 1923.
Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Indiana and Indianans: A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Indiana and the Century of Statehood, Volume III. Chicago: The American Historical Society, 1919.
Monks, Leander J. Courts and Lawyers of Indiana, Volume III. Indianapolis: Federal Publishing Co., 1916.
The collection contains speeches given at various school ceremonies and on the topic of education in general. There are also speeches on Benjamin Harrison and Abraham Lincoln; a speech delivered to Civil War veterans on Decoration Day; and a history of Fourth Presbyterian Church, which was located at the corner of Market and Delaware Streets in Indianapolis and later merged with Grace Presbyterian to form Fairview Presbyterian Church.
Folder 1. 1901-1908
1901 July 10 Speech given at National German-American Teachers Association Convention,
typescript, 5 p.
1901 Nov. 22 “Some Personal Discussions of Benjamin Harrison,” speech given at Benjamin
Harrison School on Harrison Day, typescript, 6 p.
1901 Dec. 13 Speech given at Oscar McCulloch School Dedication, printed (2 copies)
 Speech given at Washington School Dedication, typescript, 5 p.
1902 Jan. 15 Speech given at Frederick Douglass School Dedication, typescript, 2 p.
1902 Jan. 29 Speech given at William McKinley School Dedication, typescript, 6 p.
1903 Apr. 24 Speech accepting the Emmerich portrait at M.T.H.S., typescript, 3 p.
1903 May 29 Speech given at Washington School for dedication of flag, typescript, 2 p.,
with handwritten notes, 4 p.
1903 June 10 Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises program
1903 June 10 Speech given at Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises, typescript, 3 p.
1903 Oct. 22 Speech given at Robert Gould Shaw School Dedication, typescript, 2 p.
1905 June 13 Speech given at Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises, typescript, 4 p.
1905 June 14 Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises announcement
1905 June 14 Speech given at Shortridge High School Commencement Exercises, typescript, 3 p.
1908 Jan. 17 Speech given at Thomas Jefferson School Dedication, typescript, 4 p.
Folder 2. 1910 and 1916
1910 Sept. 1 “The Career of a Country Lawyer: Abraham Lincoln,” speech read before the
American Bar Association at Chattanooga, TN, reprinted from the Proceedings of the
American Bar Association (3 copies)
1916 Dec. 18 “The Spirit of the Church,” a history of Fourth Presbyterian Church, typescript, 11 p.
Folder 3. Early 1900s
undated “Shall Married Women Teach?” speech, manuscript, 3 p.
undated Speech on charity, manuscript, 11 p.
undated Commencement speech, manuscript, 4 p.
undated Speech given at diploma presentations, typescript, 6 p.
undated Commencement speech, typescript, 6 p.
undated Commencement speech, typescript, 3 p.
undated Speech given at diploma presentation, typescript, 3 p.
undated Speech on high schools, typescript, 2 p.
undated Speech given at a Decoration Day ceremony, typescript, 15 p.
undated Speech on Abraham Lincoln, typescript, 20 p.
Size of Collection:
Family of Charles Moores
Access: This collection is open for research.
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Language Materials are entirely in English
S981, Charles W. Moores, Sr. letter
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