National Space Society Governor Frank Moss Biography

frank moss biography portrait

Frank Moss


Former Member of the National Space Society Board of Governors

Frank Edward (Ted) Moss, a Senator from Utah, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 23, 1911. He attended the public schools and graduated from the University of Utah in 1933 and from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., in 1937. He was admitted to the bar in 1937 and served as an attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C., from 1937-1939.

During the Second World War he served as judge advocate in the European Theater with the Air Corps from 1942-1945 and became a colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve (Ret.).

He was elected Salt Lake City judge in 1940, reelected in 1945, and served until 1950. He was elected Salt Lake County attorney in 1950, reelected in 1954, and served until 1959. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958, reelected in 1964 and again in 1970 and served from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1977.

He served as Chairman of the Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences (Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses).

After his term in the Senate he resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. He was a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, until his death due to pneumonia on January 29, 2003.