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John McKenzie MOSS

(1868-1929)

MOSS, John McKenzie, (nephew of James Andrew McKenzie), a Representative from Kentucky; born on a farm near Bennettstown, Christian County, Ky., January 3, 1868; attended the common and private schools; employed in the Railway Mail Service 1888-1891; studied law at Kent Law School in Chicago; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and practiced in Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky., and adjoining counties; successfully contested as a Republican the election of John S. Rhea to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from March 25, 1902, to March 3, 1903; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Bowling Green; elected judge of the eighth judicial district of Kentucky in 1909; reelected in 1915 and served until 1921; appointed assistant general counsel and general counsel for the Alien Property Custodian 1921-1922; resigned on February 6, 1922, to become Deputy Commissioner of Internal Revenue in charge of estate and capital tax, in which capacity he served until his resignation March 2, 1923; appointed on March 3, 1923, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and served until July 13, 1926, when he resigned; assumed the duties of associate judge of the Court of Claims on July 14, 1926, and served until his death in Washington, D.C., June 11, 1929; interment in La Fayette Cemetery, Bennettstown, near Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky.

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

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