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John Michael MURPHY

(1926- )

MURPHY, John Michael, a Representative from New York; born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., August 3, 1926; educated in public schools of New York City, La Salle Military Academy, Oakdale, L.I., Amherst (Mass.) College, and the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; enlisted as a private in the Army in August 1944, promoted to corporal in September 1944, and commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1945; appointed to West Point in July 1946 and graduated in June 1950; went to Korea and served as platoon leader, company commander, and intelligence officer in the Ninth Infantry Regiment; promoted to first lieutenant in October 1950, to captain in October 1953, and was discharged in July 1956; awarded Distinguished Service Cross and the Bronze Star with V and Oak Leaf Cluster; general manager, contract carrier of Staten Island, 1956-1962; president, Cleveland General Transport Co., Inc.; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1964, 1968, and 1976; delegate, New York State Constitutional convention, 1967; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1981); chairman, Select Committee on the Outer Continental Shelf (Ad Hoc) (Ninety-fourth through Ninety-sixth Congresses), Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; investor and developer of biotechnology and high technology companies; is a resident of Staten Island, N.Y.

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

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