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Cornell Leverette Moore

Lawyer and bank executive Cornell Leverette Moore was born on September 18, 1939 in Tignall, Georgia to Jesse L. and Luetta T. Moore. Moore was raised in Statesboro, Georgia and graduated from William James High School in 1957. He received his A.B. degree from Virginia Union University in 1961 and his J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law in 1964. During law school, Moore worked as a staff attorney for the United States Department of Treasury.

After receiving his law degree, Moore worked as a trust administrator for Crocker National Bank. In 1966, Moore became a regional counsel for the Comptroller of Currency, U.S. Treasury Department. He then rejoined the commercial banking world as the assistant vice president and legal officer for the Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis from 1968 to 1970. Moore continued to work in banking as the executive vice president and director of Shelter Mortgage from 1970 to 1973, a director of Shelard National Bank from 1973 to 1978 and the president of Hennepin County Bar Foundation from 1975 to 1978. He served as president and CEO of Lease More Equipment from 1977 to 1986, director of Golden Valley Bank from 1978 to 2002; and became senior vice president and general counsel of Miller & Schroeder Financial Inc. in 1986. Also in 1986, Moore became part owner of the professional baseball team, the Minnesota Twins. In 1995, he joined the law firm of Dorsey and Whitney, LLP where he has represented major energy and natural resource companies. In 2004, Moore was elected Grand Sire Archon of the Grand Boulé of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the first African American Greek-lettered organization.

Moore has served on the boards of many organizations and universities including William Mitchell College of Law, Howard University, Virginia Union University, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, the Boy Scouts of America, Johnson C. Smith University and Dunwoody College of Technology. He is the recipient of many awards such as the Legacy Award from the Pan African Community Endowment, the Kappa Alpha Psi Distinguished Citizen Award, the Child of America Award and the Whitney M. Young Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Cornell Leverette Moore is married to Wenda Weekes Moore and has three children, Lynne, Jonathon and Meredith.

Cornell Leverette Moore was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 15, 2012.

Accession Number

A2012.014

Sex

Male

Interview Date

1/15/2012

Last Name

Moore

Maker Category
Middle Name

Leverette

Occupation
Schools

Virginia Union University

Howard University School of Law

William James High School

First Name

Cornell

Birth City, State, Country

Tignall

HM ID

MOO16

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Georgia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Savannah, Georgia

Favorite Quote

If You Don't Ask Anybody For Anything, You Don't Owe Them Anything.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Minnesota

Interview Description
Birth Date

9/18/1939

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Calf Liver

Short Description

Corporate lawyer Cornell Leverette Moore (1939 - ) was a partner in the Dorsey and Whitney, LLP law firm, and was elected Grand Sire Archon, Grand Boulé of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity in 2004.

Employment

United States Treasury Department

Northwest National Bank

Shelter Mortage Company

Shelard National Bank

Leverette Weekes and Company

Miller & Schroeder Financial Services

Dorsey and Whitney, LLP

Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635276">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Cornell Leverette Moore narrates his photographs</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635277">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Cornell Leverette Moore's interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635278">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cornell Leverette Moore lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635279">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635280">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cornell Leverette Moore shares a story about his maternal uncle, Lonnie Leverette</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635281">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his maternal aunts and uncles</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635282">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his father's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635283">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers his father's personality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635284">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about his father's education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635285">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his mother's personality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635286">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes how his parents met</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635287">Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Cornell Leverette Moore lists his siblings</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635288">Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his earliest childhood memory</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635289">Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635290">Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers his early interest in music</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635291">Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his early education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635292">Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers the integration of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635293">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers segregation in Statesboro, Georgia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635294">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about his watch collection</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635295">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his high school graduation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635296">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes the technological advancements during his childhood</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635297">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls the Civil Rights Movement in Statesboro, Georgia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635298">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his early impressions of African American attorneys</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635299">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers his influential teachers</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635300">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his aspiration to attend college</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635301">Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers his classmates at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635302">Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his experiences at Virginia Union University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635303">Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his mentors at Virginia Union University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635304">Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about his activism with the Richmond Improvement Association</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635305">Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about The Valentine museum in Richmond, Virginia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635306">Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his graduation from Virginia Union University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635307">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls attending Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635308">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his experiences at the Howard University School of Law</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635309">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his influences at the Howard University School of Law</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635310">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers meeting his wife</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635311">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his first position in the U.S. Department of the Treasury</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635312">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers the March on Washington</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635313">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635314">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls passing the bar examination</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635315">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers moving to San Francisco, California</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635316">Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his interview at the Crocker-Citizens National Bank</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635317">Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his position as counsel to the national bank examiners</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635318">Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his position at the Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635319">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls campaigning for Hubert Humphrey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635320">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his work at the Shelter Corporation of America, Inc.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635321">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635322">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about his civic engagement in Minneapolis, Minnesota</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635323">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls the African American leadership in Minneapolis, Minnesota</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635324">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about his experiences of discrimination in Minneapolis, Minnesota</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635325">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers founding the Shelard National Bank in St. Louis Park, Minnesota</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635326">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his clientele at Robins, Davis and Lyons in Minneapolis, Minnesota</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635327">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers the film, 'How the Midwest Was Won'</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635328">Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls representing professional athletes at Robins, Davis and Lyons</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635329">Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his representation of the National Football League Players Association</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635330">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers meeting O.J. Simpson</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635331">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls financing the Grande Royale Hometel, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635332">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls financing the Grand Royale Hometel, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635333">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers becoming a minority owner of the Minnesota Twins</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635334">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about the Minnesota Twins baseball team</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635335">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his work at Miller and Schroeder Financial, Inc.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635336">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635337">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls the election of Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635338">Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls the changing racial demographic of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the late 1990s</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635339">Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Cornell Leverette Moore recalls joining the law firm of Dorsey and Whitney LLP</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635340">Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his experiences at Dorsey and Whitney LLP</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635341">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his role on charitable boards</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635342">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about the Minneapolis Aquatennial festival</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635343">Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his involvement with the Boule</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635344">Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635345">Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Cornell Leverette Moore reflects upon his life</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635346">Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Cornell Leverette Moore reflects upon his legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635347">Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about his family</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635348">Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Cornell Leverette Moore reflects upon his career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635349">Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Cornell Leverette Moore remembers being profiled on 'November Magazine'</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635350">Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Cornell Leverette Moore talks about his wife's career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/635351">Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Cornell Leverette Moore describes how he would like to be remembered</a>

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Cornell Leverette Moore recalls his interview at the Crocker-Citizens National Bank
Cornell Leverette Moore talks about the Minnesota Twins baseball team
Transcript
The interview goes like this. Mr. Emmett Solomon was the chairman of the board of Crocker-Citizens National Bank [San Francisco, California], the fourteenth largest bank in the world in 1964. And I had done some work on a file of theirs in the [U.S.] Supreme Court--in treasury law, some underling work. And so he said, "Would you like to be the assistant to the chairman of the board of the bank? In the mornings, you'll come down to the train with Joe [ph.], the driver, and meet me. And the meetings I don't wanna go to like the audit committee of the chamber of commerce or the finance committee of the museum, I don't feel like being bothered, you go and you report back to me. And certain things I'll ask you to do around the office. Just when we go to meetings, you'll take notes and hand me stuff." I said, "You know, Mr. Solomon, I don't know how to say this to you, but I really don't wanna be in that job. I want to be a management trainee." The man said, "Are you serious?" I said, "Yes, sir. That's what I wanna be." 'Cause I hadn't passed the bar. I couldn't be a lawyer. He said, "Now, I offered you this job, and you didn't take it." And I said, "No, sir. That's what I wanna be, 'cause I heard of white boys being management trainees. That's the job I took in the trust department [U.S Department of the Treasury]." He had me sign a letter that he had offered me this big time job, and I use that in my speeches, along with my genius speech, is that if we don't tell our kids what's going on, they'll never know. Now, they can see it on TV and all kinds of things, but there's still things they don't know. But nobody ever told me, and people ridicule me and say, "Why do you keep telling people that stupid story?" I said, "Because people learn by others' mistakes." And that's a mistake that I try and tell kids all over the country. Know something about the job before you apply for it. So I took the job; turned out not to be very good at it (laughter) because it was with a computer and with a calculating stuff. But I made it through the day. I mean I made it through the training program and what not, but I could see I was going nowhere in this job, and I couldn't find another job 'cause I didn't take the California bar. I knew I couldn't pass it. It was too tough for me, and I had forgotten all the law I knew. So I called the comptroller of currencies. He said, "Come back to Washington [D.C.]."$Let me go back, back track and ask you about, now, I'm, I'm sure there are other pla- players, you know, you know, in the history of the Minnesota Twins. But, but these were World Series, I think, were particularly important. I mean Kirby Puckett was particularly important--$$Kirby Puckett, he was the man. Kirby Puckett was the man, of course, you know, and there's other guys. But as we said, "Touch 'em all," Kirby Puckett, "Touch 'em all, we'll see you tomorrow night when he hits the home run." And then the one time, he climbed the wall and got it. Kirby was the only player that knew, that asked me did I own part of the team. They'd see me, but they didn't know why I was around. In fact, the day they bought, we bought the team and announced it, my son [Jonathan Moore], who is now bigger than I am, was a little boy. And he sat on Mrs. Pohlad's [Eloise O'Rourke Pohlad] knee at the ceremony because there were no more seats available. And no one ever asked why that little boy was sitting on Ms. Pohlad's knee. They always thought that somebody--they knew that Pohlad [Carl Pohlad] had a partner. But they never knew it was me unless they--if they asked me--if they told me they knew, I'd say, yes. But if they asked me, I wasn't supposed--you know, I could fudge it. So that was the first thing. Then we took a lap around the field, Wenda [Moore's wife, HistoryMaker Wenda Weekes Moore] and I, and my friend, Sid Kaplan [ph.], who took the bar exam with me was the only guy I studied with and I took the bar exam. We stayed friends until this day. His wife loved baseball and so they took a round. So they assumed that I was there with Sidney, I guess. Nobody ever assumed that I was the other owner of the Twin [Minnesota Twins] 'cause Woolley [Robert E. Woolley] never came around. He lived in Arizona. He didn't care. See, my theory for Woolley is, he lived in Tampa [Florida] and Phoenix [Arizona], and neither one had a time. I think Pohlad was gonna try and get us to move to one of those places--$$Okay.$$--because it took 60 percent for him to keep the team here. He only had 55. So he was gonna blame it on us. That's my theory. I've never said it publicly, but that's what I'm telling you my theory was. But Kirby, the first trip to the White House [Washington, D.C.], I didn't go. Woolley went. The second trip to the White House I flew with the team--this is '91 [1991]. We're on the plane, and I'm sitting up with the owner and management up in first class. The players had a three seater, one seat between them folded down with the wife against the window or vice versa. And Chili Davis says, "Who's that ol' black guy up there with Pohlad? Is that his driver?" And that's when Kirby said, "That's Mr. C [HistoryMaker Cornell Leverette Moore]. Look at your checks sometimes. He signs the checks every now and then." And said, "Don't you see? He's already got on a ring. You haven't even gotten yours yet." And that's when it came out, the word came out then that we had a--part ownership of the team. And people started, you know, they'd see me at the game, they'd see in a box, but the company I worked for had a box. So they finally just figured that's why I was there. But I'd be in the owner's box, and I'd be in the press box, eating hot dogs with the press and all. And it was, it was a fun time; didn't go on any trips with the team, just wasn't my thing. And I didn't, I had a pass to any ballpark, and I'd go places, and I'd show off every now and then for my friends and say, let's go to the game, and stay for an inning or two and then leave, you know, right from the owner's box and what not. But it was fun, it was a fun time.$$Well, you were around during the right time. For real, yeah (simultaneous).$$(Simultaneous) Oh, yeah, the only two they've got. There're other minority owners of teams in the country, but I don't think anybody's got two World Series rings. Somebody may have one, but I don't think anybody's got two yet.