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Arthur Edson Blair Moody

In office
April 23, 1951 – November 4, 1952
Preceded by Arthur H. Vandenberg
Succeeded by Charles E. Potter

Born February 13, 1902(1902-02-13)
New Haven, Connecticut
Died July 20, 1954 (aged 52)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Ann Moody
Ruth Moody
Children Blair Moody, Jr.
Christopher Moody
Robin Moody
Alma mater Brown University

Arthur Edson Blair Moody (February 13, 1902–July 20, 1954), known as Blair Moody, was a Democratic U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan.

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. He was an instructor in history at the Moses Brown Preparatory School in Providence 1922-1923.

Moody moved to Detroit, Michigan and was a reporter covering Washington, D.C., for the Detroit News 1923-1951 which was owned by his uncle, William Scripps. He was a correspondent for Barron’s Financial Weekly 1934-1948 and also wrote extensively for the North American Newspaper Alliance and the Bell Syndicate. Moody was a combat war correspondent in 1944, covering World War II in Italy, Africa, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Iran. He moderated a radio and television program Meet Your Congress 1946-1952. He was a foreign correspondent 1947-1948.[1]

Moody was appointed on April 22, 1951, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Arthur H. Vandenberg and served from April 23, 1951, to November 4, 1952. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to fill the vacancy and also for election to the full term, being defeated by Republican Charles E. Potter. He resumed his newspaper and radio career. He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while campaigning for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator, of a heart attack following complications of viral pneumonia. Blair Moody is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Personal life and family

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. From 1946 until 1954, Blair Moody had an affair with Helen Knowland, the wife of his friend Senator William Knowland. William Knowland later began an affair with Ruth Moody which lasted until her death in 1961. [2][3]

Blair and Ruth Moody had two sons, Christopher and Robin. Blair Moody, Jr., was a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, and a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Robin Moody is the founder and President of Daedalus Books. Daedalus Books is best known as a leading remainder book wholesaler. They also have a very successful online business and two stores in the metropolitan Baltimore area. Robin Moody is married to Tamara Stock.


  1. ^ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ Gould, Lewis L., The Most Exclusive Club: A History of the Modern United States Senate, p. 182, Basic Books, 2005. ISBN 0465027784
  3. ^ 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 0520211944

External links


  • Dictionary of American Biography
  • Moody, Blair. Boom or Bust. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1941.
United States Senate
Preceded by
Arthur H. Vandenberg
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan
Succeeded by
Charles E. Potter


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