- Frank Moss (politician)
name=Frank E. Moss
jr/sr=United States Senator
January 3, 1959
January 3, 1977
predecessor=Arthur V. Watkins
September 23, 1911
Salt Lake City, Utah
deathdate=death date and age|2003|1|29|1911|9|23
Salt Lake City, Utah
University of Utah George Washington University Law School
Moss chaired the Consumer Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee where he sponsored a measure requiring detailed labeling on
cigarettepackages noting the health hazards of smoking and banning tobacco advertisingon radioand television. He also sponsored the Consumer Product Warranty and Guarantee Act(Moss-Magnuson Act), the Toy Safety Act, the Product Safety Act, and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.
Early life, marriage, and descendants
Moss was the youngest of seven children of James and Maude Nixon Moss. He married Phyllis Hart on
June 20 1934who died February 6 2007. They had four children, Marilyn Moss Armstrong, Frank Edward Moss, Jr., Brian Hart Moss and Gordon James Moss, who later gave Frank and Phyllis 14 grandchildren.
Moss graduated from
Salt Lake City's Granite High School in 1929, from the University of Utahin 1933, and from the George Washington University Law Schoolin 1937.
Moss worked on the legal staff of the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissionfrom 1937 to 1939. He became a law clerkto Utah Supreme CourtJustice James H. Wolfein 1939. Moss was elected a judgeof Salt Lake City's Municipal Court in 1940. He was on the Judge Advocate General's staff of the U.S. Army Air Corpsin Englandduring World War II. After the war Moss was reelected a Salt Lake Cityjudge. In 1950 he was elected Salt Lake CountyAttorney was reelected in 1954.
He ran unsuccessfully in 1956 for the Democratic
nominationfor Governor of Utah. In 1958, Moss ran for the U.S. Senate against two-term incumbentArthur V. Watkins, a close ally of both the Eisenhower administration and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(see also Mormon), and also against J. Bracken Lee, a non-Mormon and former two-term Utah governor(1949-57), who was running as an independent after losing to Watkins in the Republican primary. The Republican vote was split in the general election, largely over local dissatisfaction with Watkins' having chaired the committee that censured Senator Joseph McCarthy, and Moss won election with less than 40 percent of the vote. Moss was elected to a second term in 1964, defeating Brigham Young UniversityPresident Ernest L. Wilkinson. He was elected to a third term in 1970 defeating four-term Congressman Laurence Burton. He gained national prominence with regard to environmental, consumer, and health careissues. Moss became an expert on water issues and wrote " The Water Crisis" in 1967. He worked to secure additional national parks for Utah and started important investigations into the care of the elderly in nursing and retirement homes, and into physicians' abuses of the federal Medicaidprogram. He was also Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciencesfrom 1973 to 1977.
Moss ran for a fourth term unsuccessfully in 1976 against
Orrin Hatch, afterwards returning to the practice of lawin Washington, D.C.and Salt Lake City. As of 2008, Moss is the last Democrat to represent Utah in the Senate.
* [http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/m/MOSS,FRANK.html Frank Moss at the Utah History Encyclopedia]
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