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Series I: Rush Moody records

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rush Moody, Jr. Federal Power Commission records, 1971-1985 MS 823



source Moody, M. Bradford
Title: Rush Moody, Jr. Federal Power Commission records
Dates: 1971-1985
Abstract: The collection consists of materials from and related to the term of Rush Moody, Jr. on the Federal Power Commission from 1971 to 1976.
Identification: MS 823
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet1 box
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Rush Moody, Jr. was born July 21, 1930 in Alpine, Texas. He grew up in Houston, graduating from John Reagan High School in 1948. He attended Rice Institute for two years before transferring to the University of Texas to pursue a joint BBA/JD degree. After taking a leave of absence to serve in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer stationed at Warren Robins Airbase, he returned to complete his law studies, graduating in 1956 and being admitted to the Texas Bar that same year. He then returned to Houston to take a position with the Baker, Botts, Andrews, Shepherd law firm. In 1960 he resigned from this firm and moved to Midland, Texas to join Stubbman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin and Browder, becoming a partner in 1963.

With support from Senator John Tower, Moody was appointed in 1971 by President Richard Nixon to a five-year term on the Federal Power Commission. He served ably for three years but found himself increasingly often voting in dissent regarding the Commission's continued regulation of interstate natural gas prices under the Federal Power Act. In 1975 Moody ultimately resigned, in his resignation letter urging President Gerald Ford to pursue a legislative solution to end the natural gas shortages then troubling the Atlantic Seaboard states. He was then appointed by Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe to serve as special counsel, advising him and Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby on energy policy. At this time Moody also helped Senator Lloyd Bentsen draft what became the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978.

Moody returned to Washington in 1977, working at a number of Texas-based firms to help them develop their energy practice groups. During this time he helped John G. McMillian organize and finance a consortium to build the first natural gas export pipeline from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the lower 48 states. After joining Andrews Kurth he went on to serve as managing partner from 1992 until his retirement in 1996. He and his family moved that year from Chevy Chase to Trappe, Maryland, where he died on November 5, 2015.

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Content Description

The collection consists of materials related to the service of Rush Moody, Jr. on the Federal Power Commission, to which he was appointed for a five-year term in 1971. Included is biographical and financial information prepared to support the nomination. Correspondence during the term is included, as are newsclippings about it. There are also a report and speeches related to the work of the Commission from years following Moody's term.

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Arrangement

The materials are arranged in a single general series.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Rush Moody, Jr. Federal Power Commission records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

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Index Terms

reports
letters (correspondence)
photographs
Newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc.
Moody, M. Bradford
Moody, Rush, Jr.
U.S. Federal Power Commission
Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rush Moody, Jr. Federal Power Commission records, MS 823, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials were donated by a son of Rush Moody, Jr., M. Bradford Moody, on December 12, 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Rush Moody records

Box Folder
1 1 Report by Rush Moody, Jr.: The Natural Gas Industry After Partial Deregulation 1985
2 1985 Management Conference of Northern Plains Natural Gas Co. 1985
3 Speech: Future Market for Industrial Gas Sales 1979
4 Speech: Remarks of Rush Moody, Jr. Before Gas Men's Roundtable of Washington 1978
5 Speech given in Boston for New England Newswriters Assn. 1977-09-09
6 Speech: Natural Gas Issues, 1977 at Nat'l. Conf. of Lieutenant Governors, n.d.
7 State of Texas Office of State-Federal Relations correspondence 1975
8 Federal Power Commission correspondence 1975
9 Report by Rush Moody, Jr. for Federal Power Commission "1974 – the Gathering Storm" 1974
10 Federal Power Commission correspondence 1974
11 Federal Power Commission correspondence 1973
12 Federal Power Commission correspondence 1972
13 Federal Power Commission correspondence 1971
14 Rush Moody, Jr. Correspondence related to 1971 nomination to Federal Power Comm. 1971
15 Congressional Record 1971-07-20
16 Rush Moody, Jr. Financial information prepared for 1971 nomination 1971
17 Rush Moody, Jr. Personal Statement, drafts and finished text, prepared for nomination 1971
18 Nomination notes and correspondence, 1971, Federal Power Commission 1971
19 Rush Moody, Jr. Business correspondence, n.d.
20 Rush Moody, Jr. Personal correspondence, n.d.
21 Rush Moody, Jr. Biographical data, n.d.
22 Oil and gas notes, n.d.
23 News clippings, n.d.
24 Rush Moody, Jr. Ephemera, n.d.

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