Edward Murphy Jr.
|Edward Murphy Jr.|
|United States Senator
from New York
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1899
|Preceded by||Frank Hiscock|
|Succeeded by||Chauncey Depew|
December 15, 1836|
Troy, New York
|Died||August 3, 1911
Elberon, New Jersey
|Spouse(s)||Julia Delehanty (1842-1915) (m. 1867)|
|Children||9 (8 lived to adulthood)|
|Alma mater||St. John's College (now Fordham University)|
Birth and early years
Edward Murphy was born in Troy, New York and attended local schools, and enrolled at the Collège de Montréal in anticipation of a career in the priesthood. He later decided on a secular career, and graduated from St. John's College (now Fordham University) in 1857. Murphy's father was a brewer, and after completing college Murphy joined his father in the business. After his father's retirement Murphy operated the brewery and eventually merged with another local brewer to form the partnership of Murphy & Kennedy.
Career in public service
A Democrat, Murphy was a delegate to numerous local, state and national party conventions. He was a city alderman from 1864 to 1866. From 1874 to 1875 Murphy was Troy's fire commissioner. He was mayor of Troy from 1875 to 1883. From 1888 to 1894 he was chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee.
In 1893 he was elected a U.S. Senator from New York, and he served from March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1899. In 1899, he was defeated for re-election by Republican Chauncey M. Depew. Murphy was Chairman of the Committee on Relations with Canada (53rd Congress).
He resumed his former business activities and was also the president of the Troy Gas Company and vice president of the Manufacturers' National Bank of Troy. He was also a major investor in the Troy City Railway and the city's electric company. For several years he was chairman of the Democratic Party in Rensselaer County before relinquishing the position in 1903.
His daughter Julia married Hugh J. Grant, a prominent New York City politician.
Murphy died at his summer home in Elberon, New Jersey on August 3, 1911, aged 74, and was interred in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Troy, New York.
- United States Congress. "Edward Murphy (id: M001090)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Edward Murphy Jr. at Find a Grave
|Mayor of Troy, New York
|Party political offices|
Charles C. B. Walker
|New York State Democratic Committee Chairman
May 1888 – September 1894
James W. Hinckley
|United States Senate|
|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New York
Served alongside: David B. Hill, Thomas C. Platt