John Moses Edit Profile
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 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 came to the United States in 1905 and worked for the Great Northern Railway from 1906 to 1911. He began practicing law at Hazen, North Dakota in 1917. 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.
In 1944 Moses defeated Gerald P. Nye for a seat in the United States Senate. Moses died on March 3, 1945, shortly after taking his place in the Senate, during open heart surgery. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bismarck, North Dakota.
A Democrat, Moses was noted for his support from both political parties.
Member American Bar Association, North Dakota State Bar Association, North Dakota State History Society (director), Sigma Nu. Mason (Shriner; Grand Master Grand Lodge, Armed Forces & A.M. of North Dakota, 1941-1942).
Married Ethel Lilian Joslyn, June 29, 1918. Children: John Ramsey, James Joslyn, Mary Jean, Robert Henrik.