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John MURPHY

(1786-1841)

MURPHY, John, a Representative from Alabama; born in Columbia, Robeson County, N.C., in 1786; was graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1808; served as clerk of the State senate 1810-1817; moved to Alabama in 1818; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1819; studied law and was admitted to the bar; member of the State senate in 1822; Governor of Alabama 1825-1829; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Twenty-second Congress; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); unsuccessful candidate for election to the Twenty-sixth Congress; died near Gosport, Clarke County, Ala., September 21, 1841; interment on his plantation near Gosport, Ala.

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

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