Jeremiah Henry Murphy

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Jeremiah Henry Murphy
Jeremiah Henry Murphy (Iowa Congressman).jpg
Iowa Legislature illustration, circa 1876.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Preceded bySewall S. Farwell
Succeeded byWalter I. Hayes
Member of the Iowa Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1835-02-19)February 19, 1835
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedDecember 11, 1893(1893-12-11) (aged 58)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeSt. Marguerite's Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Iowa

Jeremiah Henry Murphy (February 19, 1835 – December 11, 1893) was a two-term Democratic U.S. Representative from Iowa's 2nd congressional district.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Murphy moved with his parents to Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, in 1849, and to Iowa County, Iowa, in 1852. He attended the Boston public schools and Appleton (Wisconsin) University. He graduated from the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1857. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Marengo, Iowa.

Murphy was elected alderman in 1860. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864 and 1868. In 1867, he moved to Davenport, Iowa and continued the practice of law.

Murphy was elected mayor of Davenport in 1873 and again in 1878. He served one term as a member of the Iowa Senate from 1874 to 1878. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to represent Iowa's 2nd congressional district in the Forty-fifth Congress.

In 1882, Murphy again ran for Congress, challenging a freshman incumbent Republican, Sewall S. Farwell. After Murphy won the general election, he took his seat in the 48th United States Congress. Then, after winning re-election two years later (in 1884), he served in the 49th United States Congress. However, when seeking a third term in 1886, Murphy was defeated in the Democratic district convention, by Walter I. Hayes. In all, Murphy served in Congress from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1887. Between the Civil War and the Great Depression, Murphy and Hayes were the only two Democratic congressmen from Iowa to serve two or more full terms.

He lived in retirement in Washington, D.C., until his death in that city on December 11, 1893.[1] He was interred in St. Marguerite's Cemetery, in Davenport.


  1. ^ "Hon. Jeremiah H. Murphy". The Inter Ocean. December 12, 1893. p. 17. Retrieved February 3, 2017 – via open access

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sewall S. Farwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
Succeeded by
Walter I. Hayes

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website