Ralph W. Moss

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Ralph W. Moss

Ralph Wilbur Moss (born April 21, 1862 in Center Point , Clay County , Indiana , †  April 26, 1919 in Ashboro , Indiana) was an American politician . Between 1909 and 1917 he represented the state of Indiana in the US House of Representatives .


Ralph Moss attended public schools in his home country and then studied for two years at Purdue University in West Lafayette . After that he taught himself as a teacher for some time. He also worked in agriculture. Politically, Moss was a member of the Democratic Party . Between 1905 and 1909 he was a member of the Indiana Senate .

In the congressional elections of 1908 Moss was elected to the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC in the fifth constituency of Indiana , where he succeeded Elias S. Holliday on March 4, 1909 . After three re-elections, he was able to complete four legislative terms in Congress by March 3, 1917 . In 1913 the 16th and 17th amendments were ratified. From 1911 to 1913, Ralph Moss chaired the Department of Agriculture's Expenditure Control Committee.

In 1916 Moss was defeated by Republican Everett Sanders . Two years later he sought unsuccessfully to return to Congress. After leaving the US House of Representatives, Moss retired to his farm near Ashboro, where he died on April 26, 1919.

Web links

  • Ralph W. Moss in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)