Seth C. Moffatt

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Seth C. Moffatt
29th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byJohn Rich
Succeeded bySumner Howard
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the Grand Traverse district
In office
Preceded byHenry F. May
Succeeded byDavid Vinton, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – December 22, 1887
Preceded byEdward Breitung
Succeeded byHenry W. Seymour
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 31st district
In office
Preceded byJ. H. Standish
Succeeded byWilliam H. C. Mitchell
Personal details
Seth Crittenden Moffatt

(1841-08-10)August 10, 1841
Battle Creek, Michigan
DiedDecember 22, 1887(1887-12-22) (aged 46)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery, Traverse City, Michigan
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceNorthport, Michigan

Seth Crittenden Moffatt (August 10, 1841 – December 22, 1887) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Moffatt was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, attended the common schools, and graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1863. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Traverse City, Michigan. He served as prosecuting attorney for Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties for ten years.

Moffatt was also a member of the Michigan Senate (31st District) in 1871 and 1872 and a member of the constitutional commission (9th District) in 1873, then register of the United States Land Office at Traverse City 1874-1878. He served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from Grand Traverse District in 1881 and 1882, and served as speaker in both terms. He was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884.

In 1884, Moffatt was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 11th congressional district to the 49th Congress. He was re-elected in 1886 to the 50th Congress, serving from March 4, 1885 until his death at the age of forty-six in Washington, D.C. Henry W. Seymour was elected on February 14, 1888, to fill the vacancy caused by his death.

Seth Moffatt was a resident of Northport and is interred at Oakwood Cemetery of Traverse City.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Seth C. Moffatt (id: M000837)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Breitung
United States Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Michigan
1885 – 1887
Succeeded by
Henry W. Seymour