Daniel Killian Moore

Associate Justice - NC Supreme Court

Date Born: April 2, 1906

Date Died: September 7, 1986

Place Born: Asheville, NC

Place Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC.


Associate Justice 1969-1978

Daniel Killian Moore was born on April 2, 1906 in Asheville, NC, the son of Fred Moore and Leila Lena (Enloe) Moore. After his father died when he was but two years old, his mother moved the family to Jackson County. In 1927, he graduated from the University of North Carolina with a business degree and then for a year studied law in Chapel Hill.

From 1931 to 1933, Daniel Killian Moore was the Attorney for Jackson County and for twelve years he was the Attorney for the local school board.

On May 4, 1933, Daniel Killian Moore married Jeanelle Coulter of Pikeville, TN; they had two children.

In the 1940 General Election, Daniel Killian Moore was elected to represent Jackson County in the NC House of Representatives of the:
- 114th General Assembly that met in 1941

In 1943, Daniel Killian Moore volunteered in a U.S. Army medical unit, and served as a paratrooper in Europe.

After his return from the war, in 1945, Daniel Killian Moore was elected as Solicitor in Jackson County.

In 1948, Governor Robert Gregg Cherry appointed Daniel Killian Moore as a Judge on the NC Superior Court. In 1950, he was elected in his own right, and he served until his resignation in 1958, when he moved to Canton, NC and became Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Champion Papers.

In the 1964 General Election, Daniel Killian Moore was elected as Governor of North Carolina. His agenda included a $300 million road bonds package approved by voters in 1965, increased teacher and state employee salaries, court-ordered reapportionment of legislative and congressional districts, institution in 1967 of “brown-bagging” as opposed to liquor by the drink, an emphasis on highway safety, and creation of a Law and Order Committee to deal with racial unrest. He served the allowable one term and left the office of Governor in January of 1969.

In 1969, Governor Robert Walter Scott appointed Daniel Killian Moore as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, taking the seat of Chief Justice Robert Hunt Parker, who had died on November 10, 1969, and was replaced by Chief Justice William Haywood Bobbitt. He was elected in his own right in 1970, and he served until 1978, when he reached the mandatory retirement age.

On September 7, 1986, Daniel Killian Moore died, and he was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.

Daniel Killian Moore (April 2, 1906 – September 7, 1986) was the Democratic Governor of the state of North Carolina from 1965 to 1969. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Moore earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He practiced law in Sylva, North Carolina and served a term in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1941 before entering the U.S. Army in World War II. After the war, Moore served as a North Carolina Superior Court judge from 1948 to 1958. Subsequently, Moore served as counsel for the Champion Papers company in Canton, North Carolina, while also serving on the state Board of Water Resources. He left Champion to run for Governor in 1964. He was seen as the moderate in the Democratic primary, between the conservative I. Beverly Lake, Sr. and the more progressive L. Richardson Preyer. Moore won a primary runoff with Preyer.

After serving one term as governor (North Carolina governors were not then eligible to be re-elected), Moore's successor, Gov. Robert Walter Scott, appointed him to the North Carolina Supreme Court, the first governor of North Carolina to be so honored. He served on the NC Supreme Court from 20 November 1969 until 31 December 1978.

At the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Moore received 17-1/2 votes for president on the first ballot, finishing fifth behind Vice President Hubert Humphrey (1,760 1/2), Sen. Eugene McCarthy (601), Sen. George McGovern (146 1/2), and Rev. Channing E. Phillips (67 1/2). Moore received 12 of North Carolina's 59 votes, 3 from Virginia, 2 from Georgia and 1/2 vote from Alabama.

Daniel Killian Moore, Democrat, was born in Asheville, NC on April 2, 1906, the son of Fred Moore and Leila Lena (Enloe) Moore. He attended the public schools of Sylva, NC; B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina 1927; University of North Carolina Law School 1927-1928;

Member Phi Beta Kappa; Masonic Order; Civitan Club; Rotary Club.

Attorney for the town of Sylva, NC 1931-1933; Attorney for Jackson County and Legal Representative for Jackson County Board of Education for twelve years.

U.S. Army European Theatre 1943-1945.

Solicitor for the 20th Judicial District 1946-1948. Representative from Jackson County in the General Assembly of 1941; appointed Judge of the 20th Judicial District, Superior Court in 1948, elected in 1950, resigned in 1958.

Vice-Chairman, North Carolina Board of Water Resources 1959-1964.

Member State Democratice Executive Committee; delegate, State and National Democratice Party Conventions; Precinct Chairman; member various county and State Committees.

Division Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Champion Papers, Inc, Canton, NC 1958-1965.

Director, University of North Carolina Law School Foundation; Director UNC General Alumni Association; former member, Morehead Scholarship Committee; former member North Carolina Railroad Board of Directors.

Governor of North Carolina 1965-1969.

Partner, Joyner, Moore & Howison, Raleigh, NC 1969.

Appointed on November 20, 1969 by Gov. Robert Walter Scott as an Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court; elected without opposition to a full eight-year term on November 3, 1970.

Trustee, High Point College 1966 - ?; Director, Wachovia Bank and Trust Company 1969; Director, Durham Life Insurance Company 1969.

Married Jeanelle Coulter of Pikeville, TN on May 4, 1933. Children - Mrs. Edgar B. (Edith) Hamilton, Jr., and Dan K. Moore, Jr.

© 2015 - J.D. Lewis - PO Box 1188 - Little River, SC 29566 - All Rights Reserved