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Moses E. Clapp

Moses Edwin Clapp
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
January 23, 1901 – March 4, 1917
Preceded by Charles A. Towne
Succeeded by Frank B. Kellogg
8th Minnesota Attorney General
In office
Preceded by William J. Hahn
Succeeded by Henry W. Childs
Personal details
Born (1851-05-21)May 21, 1851
Delphi, Indiana
Died March 6, 1929(1929-03-06) (aged 77)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison

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

Born in Delphi, Indiana, Clapp moved with his parents to Hudson, Wisconsin. He went to University of Wisconsin Law School and practiced law in Hudson, Wisconsin. He was district attorney for St. Croix County, Wisconsin. He then moved to Fergus Falls, Minnesota where he practiced law.

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.


Legal offices
Preceded by
William J. Hahn
Minnesota Attorney General
Succeeded by
Henry W. Childs
United States Senate
Preceded by
Charles A. Towne
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Knute Nelson
Succeeded by
Frank B. Kellogg

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