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Jeremiah Henry MURPHY

(1835-1893)

MURPHY, Jeremiah Henry, a Representative from Iowa; born in Lowell, Mass., February 19, 1835; moved with his parents to Fond du Lac County, Wis., in 1849, and to Iowa County, Iowa, in 1852; attended the Boston public schools and Appleton (Wis.) University; was graduated from the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1857; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Marengo, Iowa; elected alderman in 1860; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864 and 1868; moved to Davenport in 1867 and continued the practice of law; elected mayor of Davenport in 1873 and again in 1878; member of the State senate 1874-1878; was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886; lived in retirement in Washington, D.C., until his death in that city on December 11, 1893; interment in St. Marguerite’s Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.

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

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