Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
MOORE, Robert Walton (1859-1941)

MOORE, ROBERT WALTON, a Representative from Virginia; born in Fairfax, Fairfax County, Va., February 6, 1859; attended the Episcopal High School near Alexandria, Va., and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1880 and practiced in Virginia and Washington, D.C.; member of the Virginia State senate 1887-1890; member of the State constitutional convention in 1901 and 1902; president of the Virginia State Bar Association in 1911; member of the board of visitors to the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia; from 1907 until the First World War was special counsel for carriers of the South in cases before the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Commerce Court, and the United States Supreme Court; assistant general counsel of the United States Railroad Administration in 1918 and 1919; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Charles C. Carlin, and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (April 27, 1919-March 3, 1931); was not a candidate for renomination in 1930; appointed a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution December 7, 1922; appointed as Assistant Secretary of State by President Franklin D. Roosevelt September 19, 1933, was made counselor in 1937, and served until his death in Fairfax, Va., February 8, 1941; interment in Fairfax Cemetery.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (November 19, 1940) in the Eleanor Robson Belmont collection.
Finding aid in repository.


Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
Hyde Park, NY
Papers: 1933-1940. 12 feet.
Correspondence and papers relating to his service as Assistant Secretary of State and Counselor of the Department of State. Unpublished finding aid in repository. Some papers closed.


University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1894-1941. 84 items in various collections.
Personal and congressional papers and correspondence and photographs, including 36 letters to and from Norfolk newspaperman Louis I. Jaffe regarding U.S. and Virginia politics and microfilm of correspondence in Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. Finding aids to some collections.

  • Tulli, Daniel Gregory. "R. Walton Moore and Virginia Politics, 1933-1941." Master's thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008.