|Lewis C. “Lew” Murphy|
|Mayor of Tucson, Arizona|
|Preceded by||James N. Corbett Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Volgy|
November 2, 1933|
New York City
|Died||December 1, 2005
|Cause of death||Heart Attack|
|Alma mater||University of Arizona|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1955 - 1958|
Murphy was born in New York City on November 2, 1933 to H. Waldo and Elizabeth (Curtis) Murphy. He grew up in Clinton, Iowa, the home of his mother. He later attended Shattuck Military Academy in Faribault, Minnesota. From 1950 to 1955 Murphy attended the University of Arizona, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While in college he met Carol Carney, granddaughter of Zane Grey. The two married in 1957. 
In 1958 Murphy returned to Tucson, earning a law degree in 1961. He was a trust officer at Southern Arizona Bank & Trust Co. from 1966 to 1970. Murphy was appointed Tucson's city attorney in 1970, a position he held until elected as Mayor of Tucson in 1971 on his 38th birthday.
Mayor of Tucson
Murphy served four terms as mayor, the longest serving mayor in Tucson's history. City projects initiated under Murphy included bringing Central Arizona Project water to Tucson, building the Kino Parkway, and the opening of the Community Food Bank. During this time Tucson's population almost doubled, the city annexed 63 square miles, and Learjet and IBM opened manufacturing plants.
Murphy's term as mayor ended in 1987.
Later life and death
After leaving office, Murphy advocated for the community food bank.
According to Arizona Daily Star newspaper reporter David Leighton, in 1987, the year Murphy retired, Murphy’s Overpass was named in his honor. The Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library of the Pima County Public Library is also named after him.
A bust of Murphy is on display in Reid Park, Tucson's largest park.
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- Leighton, David (September 3, 2013). "Longtime Tucson mayor memorialized with overpass". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Stine, Mark (December 2, 2005). "Lew Murphy 1933-2005". KOLD 13 News. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Lewis C. Murphy Sculpture, Tucson Art Information, retrieved December 18, 2013