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Moses Edwin Clapp

Birthplace: Delphi, Carroll, IN, USA
Death: Died in near Accotink, VA, USA
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Son of Harvey Clapp and Abbie Jane Clapp
Husband of Hattie A. Clapp

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About Moses E. Clapp, U.S. Senator

Moses Edwin Clapp (May 21, 1851 – March 6, 1929) was an American lawyer and politician.

He served as the Minnesota Attorney General from 1887 until 1893. In 1900, he entered the special election for Minnesota's seat in the United States Senate that was made vacant by the death of Cushman Davis. He won that election, and was later reelected in 1904 and 1910 for two additional terms. He served in the Senate from January 23, 1901 to March 4, 1917, a term that spanned the 57th, 58th, 59th, 60th, 61st, 62nd, 63rd, and 64th Congresses. He was not renominated by the party in 1916. Clapp, along with Hiram F. Stevens, Ambrose Tighe, Thomas D. O'Brien, and Clarence Halbert, was also a co-founder of William Mitchell College of Law.


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.

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May 21, 1851
Delphi, Carroll, IN, USA
March 6, 1929
Age 77
near Accotink, VA, USA