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CLAPP, Moses Edwin (1851-1929)

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 28, 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.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1873-1929. 1 roll of microfilm, originals loaned by Mrs. Clapp. Correspondence, clippings, and miscellany relating to political campaigns and activities as senator. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Letters in many other collections; published speeches.

State Historical Society of North Dakota
Bismark, ND
Papers: Correspondence in Frank S. Talcott papers, 1883-1908.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Wallace Notestein papers, 1899-1969.

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