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Gideon Curtis Moody (October 16, 1832 – March 17, 1904) was an Americanmarker Senator from South Dakotamarker.


Born in Cortland, New Yorkmarker, he attended the common schools and pursued an academic course. He studied law in Syracuse, New Yorkmarker and in 1852 moved to Indianamarker, gaining admission to the bar in 1853. He was appointed prosecuting attorney for Floyd County, Indianamarker in 1854. He was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1861, and during the Civil War entered the Union Army as a captain in April 1861 and served as captain, lieutenant colonel, and colonel, until his resignation in March 1864.

He moved to Dakota Territory in 1864 and was a member of the Territorial House of Representatives in 1867-1868 from 1868 to 1869 and 1874-1875, serving as speaker 1868-1869 from 1874 to 1875. From 1878 to 1883, he was an associate justice of the Territory's supreme court and was a member of the constitutional convention of South Dakota in 1883 and 1885.

Upon the admission of South Dakota as a State into the Union, Gideon Moody was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate and served from November 2, 1889 until March 3, 1891. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection.

Gideon C. Moody died at age 71 in Los Angeles, Californiamarker. He is interred in Angelus-Rosedale Cemeterymarker.


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