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MOSIER, HAROLD GERARD

MOSIER, HAROLD GERARD

MOSIER, HAROLD GERARD (24 July 1889-7 Aug. 1971), Ohio senator, U.S. Congressman, and Ohio lieutenant governor, was born in Cincinnati to Moody G. and Anna Hogsett Mosier. He moved to Cleveland to attend East High School, and earned his A.B. degree from Dartmouth (1912) and LL.B. degree from Harvard University (1915). Admitted to the Ohio bar in 1915, Mosier practiced law with the firm of TOLLES, HOGSETT, GINN & MORLEY until 1920, serving 1 year during WORLD WAR I with the U.S. Ordnance Dept. In 1921, Mosier helped form the firm of Christopher, Mosier & Dover, leaving in 1930 to form Minshall & Mosier with Wm. Minshall.

Elected to the Ohio senate in 1932, Mosier authored the Ohio Liquor Control Bill and legislation ratifying the constitutional amendment repealing Prohibition, and served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and headed the Cuyahoga County legislative delegation. Elected lieutenant governor in 1934, he withdrew his candidacy for governor in 1936 to run for U.S. House of Representatives, there serving as a member of the Dies Committee investigating "un-American" activities. Fighting to rid the country of Communist influence, he became known as the "Dies Red-Hunter." Defeated in the 1938 primary, Mosier ran for Ohio governor in 1940 but was defeated. Admitted to the Maryland bar in 1943, he served as counsel to Glenn Martin Co. in Baltimore, 1942-52, and as legislative advisor to Aircraft Industries Assoc. in Washington, D.C., from 1952-60, when he retired. He married Grace Hoyt Jones in 1918. Mosier died in Washington, D.C. and was buried in the Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland.