John Francis Murphy papers: 1883-1940
Summary Information
Title: John Francis Murphy papers
Creator: Murphy, John Francis, 1849-1926
Dates: 1883-1940
Extent: 2 linear feet
Father of Frank and George Murphy; correspondence and other papers.
Call number: 852024 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of the Hon. George Murphy (donor no. 3074).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, John Francis Murphy papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


John F. Murphy was born in June 17, 1849 in Guelph, Ontario, of American parents. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Michigan in 1881, then later moved to Harbor Beach, Michigan where he entered private practice. In addition, Murphy served as prosecuting attorney of Huron County, city attorney of Harbor Beach, and member of the Democratic State Central Committee. He and his wife Mary Brennan Murphy were the parents of sons George, Harold, and Frank, and daughter Marguerite.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Murphy collection consists mainly of correspondence between John and Mary Brennan Murphy and their children, mainly sons George, and Frank while they were serving in the military during World War I. Other materials relate to the Democratic Party in Michigan, especially the elections of 1886 and 1888.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1886.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1888.
  • Harbor Beach (Mich.)
  • Lawyers -- Michigan.
  • Taxation -- Michigan.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • Murphy, George, 1897-1961.
  • Murphy, Mary Brennan, -1924.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence 1883-1940 [series]
Box   1  
1883-1918 (15 folders)
Box   2  
1919-1940, undated (17 folders)
Other papers 1883-1920, undated [series]
Box   2  
Clippings, certificates, flyers, etc. 1889-1920, undated
Box   2  
Miscellanea: docket book prayer book, picture of Mary Brennan Murphy, etc. 1885
Box   2  
Miscellanea undated (2 folders)