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large measure to Mr. Longmoor, who has
given to its affairs his unreserved attention
since it first opened its doors for business.
Mr. Longmoor's experience has been such as
to qualify him in an eminent degree for the
successful discharge of his duties in this position,
while his reputation as a man is beyond
reproach. He is well known to many
of Texas' leading bankers and monied men,
among whom his standing is of the first
rank. He assisted in organizing the Texas
State Bankers' Association in August, 1885,
and was elected Secretary in 1892 and reelected
in 1893. He has always taken an
active interest in the banking and monetary
affairs of the State, and he read before the
Bankers' Association at Waco in 1892 an
essay on the subject of country banks and
cotton buyers, for which he received many
flatte inig encomiums, both for the soundness
of the views expressed'and for the literary
merits of his paper.
Mr. Longinoor has manifested an equal
interest in matters of concern to the locality
whele he lives, giving such aid as his means
would allow, and lending his personal efforts
to the promotion of all enterprises calculated
to stimulate the industry of his town and
county and further its general welfare. To
say that he is a Kentuckian is equivalent to
saying that he is, at least to some extent,
somewhat of a politician. He has been a
delegate to the usual number of county and
district conventions, and was also a delegate
to the Democratic State convention held at
Houston in August, 1892, that nominated
Governor Hogg for a second term, and was
an active and enthusiastic supporter of the
Governor, as well as the rest of the State
ticket throughout the late heated campaign.
He has served as a member of the Iemocratic
committee of Milam county, ard was
president of the Rockdale Democratic Club.
He is the treasurer of Lodge No. 507,
Knights of Honor, of Rockdale, and a member
of the uniform rank of the same order in
the United States Commandery No. 1, this
being the first chartered order of this kind
in this degree in the United States.
December 20, 1877, Mr. Longmoor married
Miss Bessie Joynes, daughter of Colonel
J. R. Joynes, then residing in Rockdale, but
originally from Virginia, in which State Mrs.
Longmour was born and reared, coming of
old Virginia ancestry. An account of her
parentage appears in the sketch of Solon
Joynes, her brother, elsewhere in this volume.
Mr. and Mrs. Longmoor have had born to
them four children: Hugh W., J. Earle,
Stanley A. and Grace.
Mr. Longmoor's parents were natives of
Kentucky, the father, Hugh P. Longmoor,
having been born in Boone county, that
State, in 1824, and the mother in Mason
county in 1827. They were reared and married
in their native State. The father served
in the Mexican war and in some minor expeditions
against the Indians, but never sought
any high military or civil honors. He was
trained for a banker and was engaged for
some years in early life in banking, but, having
a natural taste for studies in physics and
chemistry, he turned his attention while yet
a young man to the investigation of the
natural resources of his native State, and in
time became an oil refiner and producer of
wide repute. This was before these products
had elicited the interest of scientific investigators
or excited the cupidity of moneymakers.
The processes of producing and refining
and the methods of distribution were
yet in their infancy. Mr. Longmoor did a
vast deal toward developing the coal fields of
Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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