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James William MURPHY

(1858-1927)

MURPHY, James William, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Platteville, Grant County, Wis., April 17, 1858; attended the public schools and was graduated from the State normal school at Platteville in 1873; taught school in Grant and Lafayette Counties for five years; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1879; was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1880 and commenced the practice of his profession in Platteville, Wis., the same year; district attorney of Grant County 1887-1891; mayor of Platteville 1904-1906; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1909); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; also engaged in lead and zinc mining; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; died in Rochester, Minn., July 11, 1927; interment in Calvary (Catholic) Cemetery, Platteville, Wis.

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

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