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N.C. Highway Historical Marker Pays Tribute to Gov. Dan K. Moore April 1 in Sylva


Dan K. Moore, who served as North Carolina’s governor from 1965 to 1969, had significant impact on the state’s judicial system. In recognition of his service, a N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated to him April 1, 11 a.m., on Main St., alongside Mark Watson Park in Sylva.

Serving as governor in the turbulent 1960s, Moore brought to the position a calm, judicial temperament based on years of experience on the bench. He had served as Jackson County attorney and as attorney for the local school board. 

In 1964 Moore entered the contest for the Democratic nomination for governor alongside L. Richardson Preyer and I. Beverly Lake, and emerged the winner. As governor Moore employed a reasoned, deliberate approach and appointed several study commissions to assist in decision-making. 

Gov. Moore introduced the concept of “total development,” aiming to develop all of the state’s resources without emphasis or detriment to any of them. He advanced a $300 million road bond package approved by voters, an increase in teacher and state employee pay and court-ordered reapportionment of legislative and congressional districts. Moore endorsed a “brown-bagging” law as opposed to liquor by the drink, emphasized highway safety and created a Law and Order Committee to deal with racial unrest. He deployed the National Guard following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Court of Appeals was created in 1967 after voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1965 that “authorized the creation of an intermediate court of appeals to relieve pressure on the Supreme Court.” Moore appointed the original six judges. After his term as governor he was named by Gov. Robert B. Scott as an associate justice on the state Supreme Court. He was elected to a full term in 1970 and served until 1978.

Dan K. Moore died Sept. 7, 1986, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

For additional information, please call (919) 807-8290. The N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program is within the Office of Archives and History and administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The Highway Marker Program is collaboration between the N.C. Departments of Natural and Cultural Resources and Transportation.

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