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Blair Moody

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Arthur Edson Blair Moody February 13, 1902 – July 20, 1954, known as Blair Moody, was a Democratic US Senator from the state of Michigan

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Government service
  • 3 Later years
  • 4 Family
  • 5 References
  • 6 Bibliography

Early lifeedit

Moody was born in New Haven, Connecticut and attended the public schools in Providence, Rhode Island He graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics in 1922 Moody attended the University of Michigan; he received his AB degree in 1949, and his LLB degree in 1952 He was an instructor in history at the Moses Brown School, a preparatory school in Providence, in 1922-23

A solid athlete, Moody lettered in football, baseball and track at Brown He also was the heavyweight boxing champion at Brown at one time He was offered a contract by the professional baseball team the St Louis Cardinals to pitch, but declined

Moody moved to Detroit, Michigan and worked from 1923 to 1951 as a reporter covering Washington, DC, for the Detroit News, a newspaper owned by his uncle, William Scripps He was a correspondent for Barron's Financial Weekly from 1934 to 1948 and also wrote extensively for the North American Newspaper Alliance and the Bell Syndicate

In 1941, Moody authored Boom or Bust, a book charting his post-World War II vision for American democracy His focus was on transitioning to full employment, reducing the national debt, and identifying a strategy for "how the national budget may actually be balanced"1

Moody was a combat war correspondent in 1944, covering the war in Italy, Africa, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Iran He moderated a radio and television program Meet Your Congress from 1946 to 1952 He was a foreign correspondent during 1947-19482

Government serviceedit

Following the death of US Senator Arthur H Vandenberg, Moody was appointed by Michigan Governor G Mennen Williams on April 22, 1951, as a Democrat to the United States Senate He served from April 23, 1951, to November 4, 1952 Moody was appointed to the Senate Banking and Currency Committee and the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments In July 1951, he was appointed to chair a subcommittee of Senate Small Business Committee, established to "protect the interests of small business in the defense program"3 The committee's purview included the perceived problem of steel cutbacks and unemployment in the auto industry Moody also is remembered for his proposal for presidential debates, an idea that did not take hold until the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon televised debates4 An unsuccessful candidate for election in 1952 to the remainder of the unexpired Senate term, Moody lost to Republican Charles E Potter in the Dwight D Eisenhower presidential landslide

Later yearsedit

Moody resumed his newspaper and television career as the host and moderator of the "Meet Your Congress" television show

He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while campaigning for the Democratic nomination for the other US Senate seat from Michigan, of a heart attack following complications of viral pneumonia Blair Moody was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery5

Familyedit

Blair Moody married his first wife Mary Ann in 1930 and they had a son, Blair Jr They were divorced in 1940 and Blair Sr married his second wife, Ruth in 1941; the marriage lasted until his death in 1954 From 1946 until 1954, Blair Moody is reported to have had an affair with Helen Knowland, the wife of his friend Senator William Knowland William Knowland is said to have later begun an affair with Ruth Moody67

Blair Moody, Jr, was a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, and a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court

Blair and Ruth Moody had two sons, Christopher and Robin Christopher S Moody was founder and President of Moody & Associates, Inc, a nationwide insurance firm Robert O Robin Moody is the founder and President of Daedalus Books, the oldest independent bargain book wholesaler in America, established in 19808

An elementary school in Taylor, Michigan, was named for Senator Blair Moody The school is in its original location with its original name and continues to educate students A second elementary school was built adjacent to it in the 1960s

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Moody, Blair 1941 Boom or Bust 1st ed New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pearce pp 334–335 
  2. ^ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  3. ^ Bordin, Ruth "Finding Aid for Blair Moody Papers, 1928-1954" Michigan Historical Collections - University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library Retrieved 6 February 2015 
  4. ^ Montgomery, Gayle; Johnson, James 1998 One Step From the White House: The Rise and Fall of Senator William F Knowland Berkeley, CA: University of California Press p 225 
  5. ^ Blair Moody at Find a Grave
  6. ^ Gould, Lewis L, The Most Exclusive Club: A History of the Modern United States Senate, p 182, Basic Books, 2005 ISBN 0-465-02778-4
  7. ^ Montgomery, Gayle B and James W Johnson, One Step from the White House: The Rise and Fall of Senator William F Knowland, Chapter 23 "The Private Man", Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 1998 ISBN 0-520-21194-4
  8. ^ Rosen, Judith October 28, 2013 "Finding New Ways to Grow in Bargain Books" Publishers Weekly 260 43: n/a 

Bibliographyedit

  • Dictionary of American Biography
  • Moody, Blair Boom or Bust New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1941
  • United States Congress "Blair Moody id: M000878" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
US Senate
Preceded by
Arthur H Vandenberg
US Senator Class 1 from Michigan
1951–1952
Succeeded by
Charles E Potter

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