Biographical Sketch of Isaac Moores

Signature of Isaac R. Moores

Isaac R. Moores 

Born 1796 
Died 1861 
Lane County delegate
Isaac Moores was born in Madison County, Kentucky in 1796. As a young man he served in the Seminole Indian wars under Andrew Jackson. Moores lived for a time in Alabama where he was a friend of Sam Houston. According to one account, Houston attempted to convince him to move to Texas but Moores’ aversion to slavery prevented him from accepting the proposition.  Instead he immigrated to Illinois in 1824 and during the Black Hawk War he commanded a militia regiment.  

Moores decide to move to Oregon in 1852, spending his first winter in Portland before moving to Lane County to take a donation land claim.

 As a delegate to the constitutional convention, Moores served on the Committee on Military Affairs. He was nominated as a Republican candidate for the state senate in 1860 but lost.