Malcolm A. Moody

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Malcolm A. Moody
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1903
Preceded by William R. Ellis
Succeeded by John N. Williamson
Personal details
Born Malcolm Adelbert Moody
November 30, 1854
Brownsville, Oregon
Died March 19, 1925(1925-03-19) (aged 70)
Portland, Oregon
Political party Republican

Malcolm Adelbert Moody (November 30, 1854 – March 19, 1925) was a Republican U.S. congressman from Oregon.

Early life[edit]

Moody was born near Brownsville, Oregon in 1854, the eldest child of future Oregon governor Zenas Ferry Moody and his wife, Mary Stevenson Moody. The Moody family moved to Illinois the following year, and then back to Oregon in 1862, settling in The Dalles.[1] Malcolm Moody attended the public schools and then the University of California, Berkeley. He joined his father's mercantile business and worked at The Dalles National Bank.[1]

Political career[edit]

Moody was elected to The Dalles city council in 1885, and mayor in 1889, serving two terms.[1] In 1899, he was elected as United States Representative for Oregon's 2nd congressional district. He was handily re-elected to a second term, defeating William Smith, but lost the nomination in 1902 to John N. Williamson due to internal party struggles.[2] He resumed his mercantile business and did not return to public service.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Moody never married. According to The Dalles lore, he loved two sisters, Anne and Bessie Lang, but he could not choose between them and his love was unrequited. At his death, he willed his house—the oldest home in The Dalles, now known as the Rorick House Museum—to the Lang sisters.[3][4][5]

He died in Portland in 1925 after a long illness[6] and is buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  2. ^ a b Geer, T. T. (1912). Fifty Years in Oregon: Experiences, Observations, and Commentaries Upon Men, Measures, and Customs in Pioneer Days and Later Times. The Neale Publishing Company. p. 417. 
  3. ^ "Oldest Home in the Dalles". Wasco Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Michelbach family left imprint on The Dalles history". The Dalles Chronicle. February 5, 2006. p. A9. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  5. ^ McManman, Don (July 14, 1997). "The Dalles as rich in history as attractions". Tri-City Herald. Archived from the original on December 15, 2004. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  6. ^ King, Elroy (March 20, 2005). "Looking Back: A Glimpse Through the Chronicles Files". The Dalles Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William R. Ellis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1903
Succeeded by
John N. Williamson