Thomas H. Moodie

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Thomas Moodie
19th Governor of North Dakota
In office
January 7, 1935 – February 2, 1935
LieutenantWalter Welford
Preceded byOle H. Olson
Succeeded byWalter Welford
Personal details
Thomas Hilliard Moodie

(1878-05-26)May 26, 1878
Winona, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedMarch 3, 1948(1948-03-03) (aged 69)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Thomas Hilliard Moodie (May 26, 1878 – March 3, 1948) was born in Winona, Minnesota. After he was inaugurated Governor of North Dakota in January 1935, it was revealed that he had not officially been a resident of the state for the mandatory five years, and he was removed from office in February 1935 having served less than a month.[1]


A native of Winona, Minnesota, Thomas H. Moodie left school at the age of sixteen. He moved to Wadena, Minnesota, and began his career as a newspaperman in the printing department of the Wadena Pioneer. He married Julia Edith McMurray.[2] He also worked as a brakeman for the Northern Pacific Railroad.


He moved to North Dakota and was a cub reporter for the Bismarck Tribune. He became a journeyman printer, reporter, and editor of newspapers throughout the state, and also served as an editorial writer for the Minneapolis Tribune.

In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him to a committee on federal grants to public buildings. In 1934 Moodie received the Democratic nomination for governor, and beat his Republican opponent, Lydia Langer (wife of William Langer).

As soon as the election was over, there was talk of impeachment, but no charges were filed. After Moodie's inauguration on January 7, 1935, it was revealed that he had voted in a 1932 municipal election in Minnesota. In order to be eligible for governor, an individual has to have lived in the state for five consecutive years before the election. The State Supreme Court determined that Governor Moodie was ineligible to serve, and he was removed from office on February 16, 1935. He was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Walter Welford.[3][4]

After his five-week stint as governor, Moodie became an administrator for the North Dakota Federal Housing Administration. Moodie was also an administrator for the WPA from 1935 to 1943.[5] He also served as deputy administrator for the State War Finance Committee in Montana.

Finally he served as financial editor and confidential agent for the publisher of the Spokane Chronicle.


Moodie died in Spokane, Washington on March 3, 1948 at the age of 69.[6] He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona, Minnesota.


  1. ^ Miller, Roy L. (1935). "The Gubernatorial Controversy in North Dakota". American Political Science Review. 29 (3): 418–432. doi:10.2307/1947758. ISSN 0003-0554. JSTOR 1947758. S2CID 146910041.
  2. ^ "Thomas H. Moodie". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Thomas H. Moodie". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Trails to the Past, North Dakota Admitted to the Union, November 2, 1889".
  5. ^ "Thomas H. Moodie". National Governors Association. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
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Preceded by
Herbert DePuy
Democratic nominee for Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of North Dakota
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