Former West Virginia Gov. Arch Moore dies at 91

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 9:10 PM

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Arch Alfred Moore Jr., his era's most successful Republican in Democrat-dominated West Virginia, has died. He was 91.

One of Moore's daughters, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, issued a statement saying her father died Wednesday evening "with his family by his side."

The three-term governor also was a congressman and state legislator.

Moore first won public office in 1952. He was the first West Virginia governor since the late 1800s to succeed himself and remained the only one to hold three full terms.

Moore pleaded guilty to five corruption charges in 1990, but later argued he was innocent.

He attempted to regain his law license, lost upon his criminal convictions, but was rebuffed in a unanimous 2003 state Supreme Court ruling.