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Everett Jerome MURPHY

(1852-1922)

MURPHY, Everett Jerome, a Representative from Illinois; born in Nashville, Washington County, Ill., July 24, 1852; moved with his parents to Sparta, Randolph County, Ill.; attended the public and high schools; city clerk of Sparta in 1877, but resigned in 1878 and moved to Chester, the county seat, to accept the appointment of deputy clerk of the circuit court; sheriff of Randolph County; member of the State house of representatives 1886-1888; warden of the Southern Illinois Penitentiary at Menard, Ill., in 1889; moved to East St. Louis in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; member of the State board of pardons 1897-1899; warden of the State penitentiary at Joliet, Ill., 1899-1913; engaged in banking at Joliet, Ill., reappointed warden of the penitentiary on July 1, 1917, and served until his death in Joliet, Ill., April 10, 1922; interment in Elmherst Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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