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State Agency Records - Governor John Moses - #30176

Title: Governor John Moses Records

Dates: 1939-1942

Record Series: 30176

Quantity: 10.75 feet

Abstract: Papers consist of correspondence, budgets, memoranda, reports, minutes, etc. relating to administration, legislation, taxation, investigations, military affairs, and personnel.

Biographical Sketch
Born in Strand, Norway, in 1885, John Moses attended high school and junior college in Norway. He came to the United States in 1905 and worked for the Great Northern Railway from 1906 to 1911. He entered the University of North Dakota, receiving his A.B. in 1914 and his J.D. in 1915. He began practicing law at Hazen in 1917 and served as state's attorney for Mercer County for several years. In 1936 he came in third in the three-way governor's race, behind former governors Langer and Welford. Moses became governor in 1939, following William Langer's second term in the office. Moses worked hard to reduce Langer's influence. He sought to cut government spending and to balance the state's budget. Moses was in office during World War II. He tried to encourage war-time industries to locate in the state, but North Dakota ranked last in the nation for receiving war spending.

Despite the lack of wartime appropriations, Moses' administration was a time of prosperity for the state. Rainfall was plentiful and there was a ready market for agriculture products. Moses was a popular governor. During his election campaign he gave speeches in English, German, or Norwegian, depending on his audience. A Democrat, Moses was noted for his support from both political parties. In 1944 Moses defeated Gerald P. Nye for a seat in the United States Senate. He died on March 3, 1945, shortly after taking his place in the Senate. John Moses was the second native of Norway to become governor of North Dakota. (Governor Nestos was the first.) Moses served as governor during World War II.

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 1:
1 General Correspondence: A   
2 General Correspondence: B   
3 General Correspondence: C   
4 General Correspondence: D   
5 General Correspondence: E    
6 General Correspondence: F    
7 General Correspondence: H   
8 General Correspondence: J    
9 General Correspondence: K   
10 General Correspondence: M               
11 General Correspondence: M               
12 General Correspondence: N
13 General Correspondence: O
14 General Correspondence: P 
15 General Correspondence: Q
16 General Correspondence: R 

Box 2:
1 General Correspondence: S    
2 General Correspondence: S    
3 General Correspondence: T    
4 General Correspondence: U   
5 General Correspondence: V   
6 General Correspondence: W  
7 General Correspondence: XYZ               
8 Abstracters Board of Examiners             1939-1941
9 Board of Accounting    1939-1941
10 Adjutant General       1939
11 Adjutant General       1939-1940
12 Adjutant General       1940

Box 3:
1 Board of Administration            1937-1940
2 Board of Administration            1941
3 Board of Administration - North Dakota Agricultural College Advisory Council   1940-1941
4 Board of Administration - Ouster Proceedings 1939
5 Board of Administration - State v Moses            1939
6 North Dakota Agricultural College         1941
7 School for the Blind     1939
8 Dickinson State Teachers College          1939-1940
9 State Normal and Industrial School - Ellendale 1939-1940
10 School of Forestry      1938-1939; 1941
11 Mayville State Teachers College          1941
12 Minot State Teachers College               1940
13 Penitentiary 1939-1941
14 State School of Science            1939
15 State Training School                1941
16 University of North Dakota    1941-1942
17 State Advisory Council             1939-1941
18 Agricultural Adjustment Administration           1940-1942
19 North Dakota Agricultural College       1939-1940
20 North Dakota Agricultural College - Extension Work   1939
21 Department of Agriculture and Labor                1939-1940
22 Department of Agriculture and Labor                1941

Box 4:
1 American Forum of Decency   1940
2 Appointments               1939-1940
3 Auditor             1941
4 Bank of North Dakota 1939-1941
5 Bank of North Dakota 1940-1941
6 Cattle Rustling                1939-1940
7 North Dakota Children's Home Society               1938
8 Cooperatives  1939
9 Council of State Governments                1939
10 Drake Removal Proceedings  1940
11 Emergency Commission Minutes        1939-1940
12 King and Queen of England    1939
13 Board of Equalization                1939
14 Board of Equalization                1939
15 Board of Equalization                1940
16 Equalization Fund       1939-1940

Box 5:
1 Extraditions     1939
2 Extraditions     1940
3 Extraditions     1940
4 Fresh Pursuit Act          1939-1940
5 Game and Fish Commission     1940
6 Golden Gate International Exposition
7 North Dakota Golden Jubilee  1939
8 Highway Department 1938-1940
9 Highway Department - Safety 1938-1939
10 Highway Patrol            1939
11 State Historical Society             1939-1940
12 Indian Affairs               1939-1941
13 Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, Fahlgren report                1936
14 Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, Fahlgren report                1939-1940

Box 6:
1 Industrial Commission                1939
2 Industrial Commission                1939-1940
3 Industrial Commission                1940
4 Interstate Commerce Commission       1939
5 Labor 1939
6 Labor 1939-1940
7 State Laboratories Commission              1939
8 State Laboratories Commission              1939

Box 7:
1 State Laboratories Commission              1939-1940
2 State Laboratories Commission              1939-1940
3 State Land Department             1939
4 State Land Department             1939-1940
5 State Land Department             1940
6 State Land Department             1940
7 Board of University and School Lands Minutes                1939

Box 8:
1 Board of University and School Lands Minutes                1939-1940
2 Land Use Planning        1939-1940
3 Lefor vs Graham           1939
4 Legislative Committee - Relief and Debt Survey              1939
5 Legislative Committee - Relief and Debt Survey              1939
6 State Capitol Lunchroom           1939
7 Paul V. McNutt              1939-1940
8 Minot State Fair            1940
9 State Mill and Elevator Air-Cooling Equipment 1938
10 State Mill and Elevator Audits               1938-1940

Box 9:
1 State Mill and Elevator Distribution       1939
2 State Mill and Elevator Durum Wheat  1938-1939
3 State Mill and Elevator Hedging              1939-1941
4 State Mill and Elevator Insurance          1939-1940
5 State Mill and Elevator Management and Operations  1939
6 State Mill and Elevator Management and Operations  1939

Box 10:
1 State Mill and Elevator Management and Operations  1939
2 State Mill and Elevator Management and Operations  1939
3 State Mill and Elevator Management and Operations  1940
4 State Mill and Elevator Processing Tax 1939
5 State Mill and Elevator Processing Tax 1939
6 State Mill and Elevator Stangler Reports             1939-1940
7 State Mill and Elevator Stucker Truck Lines        1939

Box 11:
1 Moratoriums - Personal Property          1939-1940
2 Moratoriums - Real Property   1939
3 Moratoriums - Tax Deed           1939
4 Motor Vehicle Department      1939
5 Motor Vehicle Department      1939
6 Motor Vehicle Department      1939-1940
7 Motor Vehicle Department      1940

Box 12:
1 National Emergency Council    1939-1940
2 New York World's Fair                1939
3 New York World's Fair                1939-1940
4 New York World's Fair                1939-1940
5 Northern Pacific Railroad Lawsuit          1939-1940
6 Norwegian Relief          1939-1940
7 General            1939
8 General            1938-1942
9 Langer Expenditures   1938-1940

Box 13:
1 Payroll               1939-1943
2 Supply Orders                1939-1940
3 Board of Pardons Correspondence       1939
4 Board of Pardons Correspondence       1939
5 Board of Pardons Correspondence       1939
6 Board of Pardons Juanita Edworthy      1939
7 Board of Pardons Calendar       1939
8 Board of Pardons Calendar       1941
9 International Peace Garden     1939-1940
10 Old Age Pensions       1939
11 Board of Photographic Examiners       1939-1940
12 Correspondence Concerning Photographs     1938-1940
13 State Planning Board                1939

Box 14:
1 Poet Laureate                1939
2 Poultry Improvement Board    1939-1940
3 President of the United States               1941
4 Presidential Electors   
5 Committee for the Celebration of the President's Birthday       1941
6 Press Releases               1939-1940
7 Proclamations                1939
8 Proclamations                1939
9 Proclamations                1940

Box 15:
1 Proclamations                1940
2 Proclamations                1940
3 Board of Railroad Commissioners          1939
4 American Red Cross    1939-1940
5 North Dakota Regulatory Department                1939
6 Relief Appraisal             1939

Box 16:
1 North Dakota Relief and Debt Commission       1939
2 North Dakota Relief and Debt Commission       1939-1940
3 Restocking       1939
4 Rural Electrification      1939-1940
5 Sargent County Examination   1938-1939
6 Securities Commission               1939-1940
7 State Soil Conservation Committee      1939-1940
8 State Soil Conservation Committee      1940
9 State Soil Conservation Committee      1940
10 Special Election           1939

Box 17:
1 Special Election              1939
2 Stanton Island Case     1940
3 State Examiner              1939
4 State Examiner              1940
5 State Soldiers Home    1939-1940
6 Submarginal lands        1939
7 Sugar Beets     1939-1941
8 Tax Commissioner        1939-1940
9 Tax Commissioner        1939-1941
10 Tax Deed Moratorium              1939
11 Tax Deed Moratorium - Collections    1939-1940

Box 18:
1 Tax Deed Moratorium - Collections      1940
2 North Dakota Taxpayers Associations  1939-1940
3 Teachers' Retirement Fund      1939-1941
4 Travel Authorizations  1939
5 Travel Authorizations  1939
6 Travel Authorizations  1939
7 Travel Authorizations  1939
8 Travel Authorizations  1939-1940

Box 19:
1 Travel Authorizations  1940
2 Travel Authorizations  1940
3 Travel Authorizations  1940
4 Travel Authorizations  1940
5 Tri-State Water Commission    1938-1939
6 Tri-State Water Commission    1939
7 Tri-State Water Commission    1939-1940
8 Tri-State Water Commission    1940

Box 20:
1 Unemployment Compensation Division             1939-1940
2 State Water Commission           1939
3 State Water Commission           1939
4 State Water Commission           1939
5 State Water Commission           1940
6 State Water Commission           1940

Box 21:
1 Public Welfare Board of North Dakota 1939
2 Public Welfare Board of North Dakota 1939
3 Public Welfare Board of North Dakota 1939
4 Public Welfare Board of North Dakota 1940
5 Public Welfare Board of North Dakota 1940
6 Public Welfare Board of North Dakota 1940
7 Public Welfare Board of North Dakota Food Stamp Lan               1940
8 Public Welfare Board of North Dakota Old Age Cranks 1940
9 Wells County Examination       

Box 22:
1 Wheat Loans  1940
2 North Dakota Wine and Spirits Institute             1939-1940
3 Workmen's Compensation Bureau       1938-1939
4 Workmen's Compensation Bureau       1939-1941
5 WPA Relief Emergency              1940
6 Miscellaneous                1939-1940

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