Everett J. Murphy
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Born in Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, Murphy moved with his parents to Sparta, Illinois. He attended the public and high schools. He worked as a city clerk for Sparta in 1877, but resigned in 1878 and moved to Chester, the county seat, to accept the appointment of deputy clerk of the circuit court. He also worked as a Sheriff for Randolph County. Murphy served as member of the Illinois House of Representatives, 1886-1888. Warden of the Southern Illinois Penitentiary at Menard, Illinois in 1889 and moved to East St. Louis, Illinois in 1892.
Murphy was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress and served as member of the state board of pardons 1897-1899. Warden of the state penitentiary at Joliet from 1899 to 1913. He engaged in banking at Joliet, Illinois, reappointed warden of the penitentiary on July 1, 1917, and served until his death in Joliet on April 10, 1922. His interment was at Elmhurst Cemetery.
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