John Moses (American politician)
|United States Senator|
from North Dakota
January 3, 1945 – March 3, 1945
|Preceded by||Gerald Nye|
|Succeeded by||Milton Young|
|22nd Governor of North Dakota|
January 5, 1939 – January 4, 1945
|Lieutenant||Jack A. Patterson|
Oscar W. Hagen
Clarence P. Dahl
|Preceded by||William Langer|
|Succeeded by||Fred G. Aandahl|
|Born||June 12, 1885|
|Died||March 3, 1945 (aged 59)|
Moses was born in Strand in Rogaland county, Norway in 1885. He was the son of Reverend Henrik B. and Isabella (Eckersberg) Moses. He attended public school in Norway, and graduated from the high school at Kongsvinger in 1900 and from junior college in Oslo in 1903. He came to the United States in 1905 and worked for the Great Northern Railway from 1906 to 1911. He entered the University of North Dakota in 1912, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1914. He entered the University of North Dakota Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1915. He began practicing law at Hazen, North Dakota in 1917. He was married to Ethel Joslyn and had four children.
From 1919 until 1923, and later from 1927 until 1933, Moses served as State's Attorney for Mercer County. In 1936 he came in third in the three-way governor's race, behind former governors William Langer and Walter Welford. Moses became governor in 1939, following William Langer's second term in the office. Moses worked hard to reduce Langer's influence. He sought to cut government spending and to balance the state's budget. Moses was in office during World War II. He tried to encourage war-time industries to locate in the state, but North Dakota ranked last in the nation for receiving war spending. Despite the lack of wartime appropriations, Moses' administration was a time of prosperity for the state. Rainfall was plentiful and there was a ready market for agriculture products. Moses was a popular governor. During his election campaign he gave speeches in English, German, or Norwegian, depending on his audience. A Democrat, Moses was noted for his support from both political parties. In 1944 Moses defeated Gerald P. Nye for a seat in the United States Senate.
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- National Governors Association
|Party political offices|
Thomas H. Moodie
| Democratic nominee for Governor of North Dakota
1936, 1938, 1940, 1942
William T. DePuy
J. J. Nygard
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from North Dakota
| Governor of North Dakota
Fred G. Aandahl
Gerald P. Nye
| U.S. senator (Class 3) from North Dakota
Served alongside: William Langer
Milton R. Young