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MOORE, Andrew, lawyer, born in Canniscello, Augusta co. (now Rockbridge), Virginia, in 1752; died near Lexington, Virginia, 14 April, 1821. In early years he made a voyage to the West Indies, and was cast away on a desert island. On his return he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1774. In 1776 he entered the Revolutionary army as lieutenant, participated in the battle of Saratoga, attained the rank of captain, and resigned his commission after three years' service. The legislature of Virginia made him brigadier-general of militia., and major-general in 1808. From 1781 till 1789 he served in the Virginia legislature, and in 1788 was a member of the State convention that ratified the constitution of the United States. He was then elected to the first congress, serving from 4 March, 1789, till 3 March, 1797, and was again a member of the legislature from 1789 till 1800. He successfully contested the election of Thomas Lewis in the 8th congress, serving from 5 March, 1804, till 6 November. 1804, when he was appointed a United States senator in place of Wilson Cary Nicholas. He was subsequently elected to this office, serving from 17 December, 1807, till 3 March, 1809. in 1810 he was appointed United States marshal for Virginia, and he held this office until his death. --His son, Samuel, congressman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 February, 1796; died in Lexington, Virginia, 17 September, 1875, was educated at Washington college (now Washington and Lee university), Virginia In 1825 he was elected to the Virginia legislature, serving until 1833. He was a member of the convention of 1829 to amend the constitution of Virginia, and was elected to congress as a Whig, serving from 2 December, 1833, till 3 March, 1835. Subsequently he was again a member of the legislature. In 1861 he was elected to the convention of Virginia, and actively opposed secession, for which he was threatened with violence in Richmond. Notwithstanding this, he signed the ordinance, and served in the Confederate army.
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