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John McKenzie Moss (January 3, 1868 – June 11, 1929) was a United States Representative from Kentucky and a Judge of the Court of Claims.

J. McKenzie Moss
Judge of the Court of Claims
In office
June 7, 1926 – June 11, 1929
Appointed byCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byGeorge Eddy Downey
Succeeded byBenjamin Horsley Littleton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd district
In office
March 25, 1902 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byJohn Stockdale Rhea
Succeeded byJohn Stockdale Rhea
Personal details
John McKenzie Moss

(1868-01-03)January 3, 1868
Bennettstown, Kentucky
DiedJune 11, 1929(1929-06-11) (aged 61)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placePowell Cemetery
LaFayette, Kentucky
Political partyRepublican
RelativesJames A. McKenzie
EducationKent College of Law
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Education and careerEdit

Born on January 3, 1868, on a farm near Bennettstown,[1] an unincorporated community in Christian County, Kentucky,[2] Moss was a nephew of James A. McKenzie.[2] He attended the common and private schools,[2] then attended the Kent College of Law (now the Chicago-Kent College of Law) and read law with W.G. and A.T. Ewing in Chicago, Illinois in 1893.[3] He worked for the Railway Mail Service from 1888 to 1891.[3] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky and adjoining counties from 1893 to 1902.[3]

Congressional serviceEdit

Moss successfully contested as a Republican the election of John Stockdale Rhea to the United States House of Representatives of the 57th United States Congress and served from March 25, 1902, to March 3, 1903.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the 58th United States Congress.[2]

Later careerEdit

Moss returned to private practice in Bowling Green from 1903 to 1909.[3] He was a Judge of the Kentucky Circuit Court for the Eighth Judicial District from 1909 to 1921.[3] He worked in the Office of Alien Property Custodian from 1921 to 1922, as assistant general counsel from 1921 to 1922 and as general counsel in 1922.[3] He was Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (now the Internal Revenue Service) in charge of estate and capital tax in the United States Department of the Treasury from 1922 to 1923.[3] He was an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1923 to 1926.[3]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Moss was nominated by President Calvin Coolidge on May 26, 1926, to a seat on the Court of Claims (later the United States Court of Claims) vacated by Judge George Eddy Downey.[3] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 7, 1926, and received his commission the same day.[3] His service terminated on June 11, 1929, due to his death in Washington, D.C.[3] He was interred in Powell Cemetery in LaFayette, Christian County, Kentucky.[4][2]


  1. ^ "Bennettstown".
  2. ^ a b c d e f United States Congress. "J. McKenzie Moss (id: M001036)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Moss, John McKenzie - Federal Judicial Center".
  4. ^ J. McKenzie Moss at Find a Grave


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Stockdale Rhea
United States Representative for the Kentucky 3rd District
Succeeded by
John Stockdale Rhea
Legal offices
Preceded by
George Eddy Downey
Judge of the Court of Claims
Succeeded by
Benjamin Horsley Littleton