(RICHMOND, Texas) — Residents of the small town of Richmond, Texas, are mourning the loss of their beloved mayor, Hilmar G. Moore.
Moore, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, was believed to be the longest-serving mayor in the country, holding the position for 63 years.
Moore claimed his seat in 1949 and has since been consecutively re-elected every two years. The last opponent to run against Moore, in 1996, was defeated in a landslide — 337 to 49 votes. Throughout his tenure, Moore was opposed fewer than 10 times.
Moore, who died from a yet unspecified illness, left behind a wife and two adult children, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also had a son who died in a car accident.
According to Vela, the city has not yet made plans to memorialize its late mayor.
Moore, who was a fifth-generation Texan, comes from a long line of politicians. His father, John M. Moore, served as the Fort Bend County judge, and also as the mayor of Richmond in the 1930s, and his grandfather, John Matthew Moore, served a much shorter term than his kin, representing his district in the U.S. Congress from 1905 to 1913.
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