William Lewis Moody
Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas)
July 18, 1920
Colonel W. L. Moody Dies At Residence
Conspicuous in Banking and Commercial Interests;
Colonel William Lewis Moody, 92 years old, a resident of Galveston since 1866 and prominent in banking, cotton factorage and commercial circles of the city, died yesterday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock at the family residence, 1304 Twenty-third street, following a brief illness. As president of the banking institution which bears his name, W. L. Moody & Co., together with the Galveston Compress and Warehouse Company and the W. L. Moody Cotton Company and various other interests, both here, and elsewhere, Colonel Moody has been a conspicuous figure in the financial world of Galveston.
Funeral services will be held from the residence this afternoon at 4 o’clock under the auspices of San Felipe de Austin Commandery No. 1, Knights Templar, of which organization Colonel Moody was the oldest member. He affiliated with the commandery in Galveston April 10, 1868. Interment will be in Cahill Cemetery.
Colonel Moody is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pherabe Moody; one son, W. L. Moody Jr., and one daughter, Mrs. Sealy Hutchings. His eldest son, Frank B. Moody, preceded his father in death a few years ago. He is also survived by a number of grandchildren, including William Moody III, Shearn Moody, Mrs. Edwin Clyde Northen, Mrs. Clarke W. Thompson, children of W. L. Moody, Jr.; Mrs. Robert Clarke, daughter of the late F. B. Moody, and Miss Mary Moody Hutchings, Miss Laura Hutchings, Miss Elizabeth Hutchings, John H. Hutchings, William Moody Hutchings, Sealy Hutchings Jr. and Robert Hutchings, children of Mrs. Sealy Hutchings.
William Lewis Moody, the son of Jameson and Mary Susan Moody, was born in Essex County, Va., May 19, 1828. When 2 years old his parents moved to Chesterfield County, Va., where he was reared and received his preliminary education. When ready for college he entered the University of Virginia graduating at the end of his third term. Colonel Moody came to Texas as the age of 28 and settled in Freestone County, at Fairfield. Educated as a lawyer, taking his degree at the University of Virginia, prior to coming to Texas, he engaged but a brief period in the practice of his profession when he embarked in the mercantile business. In this enterprise he met with success, laying the foundation of W. L. Moody & Co., his two brothers, David _. Moody and Leroy F. Moody, being his partners.
Colonel Moody married Miss Pherabe Elizabeth Bradley, daughter of Francis Meriwether Bradley and Sillah Pherabe Bradley, January 19, 1860, in Freestone County. Of this union six children were born, two of whom survived, including W. L. Moody Jr. and Mrs. Sealy Hutchings.
Civil War Record
In 1861, almost immediately on the succession of Texas, he closed and abandoned a prosperous business and true to the blood of a real Virginian and the patriotism of a chivalrous Southerner, he organized one of the first companies in Texas, and was elected captain in Company G. Seventh Texas infantry Regiment at Marshall, Tex., being mustered into service Oct. 2, 1861. Colonel Moody led his men immediately to the battle____ of Kentucky, where he steadily advanced. Later he was made a prisoner at Fort Donaldson, and spent six months in the Federal prisons of Camp Douglas, Camp Chase and Johnson’s Island.
During September, 1862, the prisoners were exchanged and the Seventh Texas Regiment was sent to Clinton, Miss. to prepare for active service again. Captain Moody was made lieutenant colonel of the regiment, which was assigned to _____ in General Gregg’s brigade at Fort Hudson, La. Afterward the regiment was sent to Mississippi where it saw much active service. Soon after Colonel Moody was wounded at Jackson, July 19, so seriously that he was incapacitated from active service in the field. The following spring he was promoted to a full Colonel and assigned to post duty at Austin, Tex., where he remained until the end of the war.
In 1864, Colonel Moody came to Galveston and engaged in the cotton factorage business, where he established the commercial house of W. L. & F. L. Moody. This firm was succeeded by Moody, Bradley & Co. and later by Moody & Jamison, with a branch house in New York. This partnership was dissolved in 1877, W. L. Moody and the late Frank B. Moody being admitted as members of the firm under the name of W. L. Moody & Co.
Colonel Moody was a member of the immortal fourteenth legislature of Texas, known as the reconstruction legislature, in 1874-1875. His was recognized as one of the leading spirits of that history making period. He helped to elect to office Governor Richard Coke of Texas and it was said of him that he was to Coke what Stonewall Jackson was to Lee, his right arm. He was appointed a member of a joint committee to investigate and report on the election returns of the governor and lieutenant governor during the contest between the thirteenth and fourteenth legislature.
During Coke’s administration the governor gave a full explanation of the financial condition of the state and commended the successful efforts of Colonel Moody and others in realizing a large amount of money from the bonds of the state that had been hypothecated to parties in New York and the bonds were claimed by parties in Europe. It was at this time that he was appointed by Governor Coke as financial agent of the state of Texas.
Colonel Moody has always been too modest to refer to his devotion to the best interests of his country or to the part he has had in the business and financial betterment of Texas and in strengthening its fabric of finance.
In his services to the community as chairman of the Galveston deep water committee he accomplished considerable in 1882, spending much of his time in Washington in the interest of the development of a deep water port on the Texas coast.
But it is in the history of the Galveston Cotton Exchange, which he organized and served as its president for many consecutive terms, that he is perhaps better known. He was the presiding officer at its initial meeting, giving to the organization the same close attention and unflagging interest that he gave to his own affairs.