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Moses Edwin CLAPP

(1851-1929)
Senate Years of Service:
1901-1917
Party:
Republican

CLAPP, Moses Edwin, a Senator from Minnesota; born in Delphi, Carroll County, Ind., May 21, 1851; moved with his parents to Hudson, Wis., in 1857; attended the common schools; graduated from the law department of the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1873; admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Hudson, St. Croix County, Wis.; prosecuting attorney of St. Croix County, Wis. 1878-1880; moved to Fergus Falls, Minn., in 1881 and continued the practice of law; attorney general of Minnesota 1887-1893; moved to St. Paul, Minn., in 1891 and continued the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Minnesota in 1896; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1901 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Cushman K. Davis; reelected in 1905 and 1911 and served from January 23, 1901, to March 3, 1917; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916; chairman, Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service (Fifty-seventh through Fifty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Indian Affairs (Fifty-ninth through Sixty-first Congresses), Committee on Interstate Commerce (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Standards, Weights, and Measures (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses); practiced law in Washington, D.C., 1918-1923; became vice president and general counsel of the North American Development Corporation in Washington, D.C. in 1923; died at his country home ‘Union Farm,’ near Accotink, Va., on March 6, 1929; interment in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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