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William R. Moser
Born William Robert Moser
(1927-10-14)October 14, 1927
Chicago, Illinois
Died April 11, 2003(2003-04-11) (aged 75)
Place of burial Wood National Cemetery
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • St. Norbert College (B.S.)
  • Marquette University Law School (LL.B.)
Predecessor Position established
Successor Charles B. Schudson
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Bernadette
  • William Moser
  • Mary Magdalen

William Robert Moser (October 14, 1927 – April 11, 2003) was an American lawyer and judge, he was Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for 13 years. Earlier, he was a Wisconsin Circuit Court judge in Milwaukee County, and represented Milwaukee County in the Wisconsin State Senate as a Democrat.


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

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Legal offices
Preceded by
New branch
Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge for the 2nd Circuit, Branch 16
1967 – 1978
Succeeded by
Branch abolished
Preceded by
New court
Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District I
1978 – 1992
Succeeded by
Charles B. Schudson

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