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William R. Moser

William R. Moser (October 14, 1927 – April 11, 2003) was an American lawyer who spent six years as a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Moser was born October 14, 1927 in Chicago. He was educated in Milwaukee parochial schools (St. Michael's Elementary and St. John's Cathedral High School. From 1945-1947 he served in the United States Army as a paratrooper and a criminal investigator; then earned his Bachelor of Science degree at St. Norbert College, and LL.B. from Marquette University Law School, and went into practice as an attorney. He became a member of the Advisory Council to Mayor of Milwaukee Frank P. Zeidler, and a director or active member of various civic, veterans and fraternal organizations.

Legislative office

In 1956 he was elected to the 6th Senatorial District (the 7th, 10th, & 13th Wards of the City of Milwaukee) to succeed fellow Democrat William A. Schmidt, who was not running for re-election. Moser obtained a plurality in a four-way Democratic primary election against Assemblyman Cecil B. Brown, former Assemblyman John Schaller, and Brown Deer village trustee Fred W. Voigt; and was unopposed in the general election.[1] He served as the floor leader for Senate Democrats in the 1960 session, and was elected a Kennedy delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention. He easily turned aside challenges from Schaller in the 1960 primary, and from Republican Delbert Fowler in the general election; and served again as the Democratic floor leader in the 1961 session, leading the fight against the adoption of a sales tax in Wisconsin;[2] but resigned effective Feb. 1, 1962 to become a Milwaukee County judge. He was succeeded by fellow Democrat Martin J. Schreiber.[3]


In 1971, he was elected without opposition as a circuit court judge.[4] He was re-elected in 1977, and in April 1978 was elected to the newly created Court of Appeals District 1.[5] In 1980, he fended off a re-election challenge from Christ T. Seraphim, winning by 195,256 to 137,262.[6] He was unopposed in 1986, and became Presiding Judge of the District 1 Court of Appeals. He did not run for re-election in 1992, and was succeeded on the Court by Charles B. Schudson.


Moser died April 11, 2003, leaving behind a wife, Mary Bernadette, a son, William, and a daughter, Mary Magdalen.


  1. ^ Madison: State of Wisconsin, 1958; pp. 22, 671, 776The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L., eds.
  2. ^ "2003 Senate Joint Resolution 235: ENROLLED JOINT RESOLUTION Relating to: the life and public service of William R. Moser." State of Wisconsin
  3. ^ Madison: State of Wisconsin, 1962; pp. 21, 758, 792, 866The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert, eds.
  4. ^ Madison: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, distributed by Document Sales, 1971; p. 351The state of Wisconsin Blue Book, 1971
  5. ^ Madison: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, distributed by Document Sales, 1979-1980; p. 680The State of Wisconsin 1979-1980 Blue BookTheobald, H. Rupert; Robbins, Patricia V., eds.
  6. ^ Madison: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, distributed by Document Sales, 1981-1982; p. 866The State of Wisconsin 1981-1982 Blue BookTheobald, H. Rupert; Robbins, Patricia V., eds.
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