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Joseph Moore Dixon

In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by William A. Clark
Succeeded by Thomas J. Walsh

In office
January 3, 1921 – January 4, 1925
Preceded by Sam V. Stewart
Succeeded by John E. Erickson

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Montana's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1907
Preceded by Caldwell Edwards
Succeeded by Charles N. Pray

Born July 31, 1867
Snow Camp, North Carolina
Died May 22, 1934 (aged 66)
Missoula, Montana
Resting place Missoula Cemetery
Political party Republican

Joseph Moore Dixon (July 31, 1867 – May 22, 1934) was a politician from Montana. He served as a Representative, Senator, and the seventh Governor of Montana.


Early Life

Dixon was born in Snow Camp, North Carolina, attended Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana, and graduated from Guilford College, North Carolina, in 1889. He moved to Missoula, Montana in 1891; studied law and admitted to the bar in 1892.

Early Career

He served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Missoula County from 1893 to 1895 and prosecuting attorney from 1895 to 1897. He married Caroline M. Worden, daughter of prominent Missoula businessman Frank Worden, in 1896. They had seven children: Virginia, Florence, Dorothy, Betty, Mary Joe, Peggy, and Frank. Frank died shortly after birth.[1]

Political Career

He served as member of the state house of representatives in 1900. Dixon was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1907). In 1906 he was elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1907, to March 3, 1913. He unsuccessfully ran for reelection in 1912. That year, he was the chairman of the National Progressive Convention.

Dixon served as Governor of Montana from 1921-1925. He unsuccessfully ran for reelection in 1924 and had unsuccessful Senate campaign in 1928. In 1929 he was appointed First Assistant Secretary of the Interior. In 1930, he was involved with a project to develop water power on the Flathead Indian Reservation, and with it, a complex network of water rights for the Reservation. [2]

He died in Missoula, Montana on May 22, 1934 due to heart problems. He is buried at the Missoula Cemetery in Missoula, Montana. [3]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Sam V. Stewart
Governor of Montana
Succeeded by
John Edward Erickson

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