Margaret "Peggy" Murphy

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Margaret H. Murphy
Delegate 41st District
In office
Preceded by Arthur Murphy
Succeeded by Lisa Gladden

Baltimore City

Member of the House of Delegates
Personal details
Born February 3, 1930
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Arthur Murphy
Residence Owings Mills, Maryland
Religion Christian

Margaret "Peggy" Murphy was an American politician who served in the Maryland House of Delegates and was the first female African-American chairman of the Baltimore City Delegation. Murphy was one of three delegates serving the 41st legislative district, which lies in the central, northwest section of Baltimore City.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Murphy attended Baltimore public schools and graduated from Douglass high school. She later graduated from Coppin State College with a B.S. in 1952. She earned a M.A. equivalent in 1977 from Morgan State University.[1] She is the widow of Arthur Murphy, Jr. and has three children. Prior to the Maryland House of Delegates, Murphy was an elementary school teacher and taught in the Baltimore City Public Schools for 30 years. She is currently a retired educational associate, Office of English and Library Services for Baltimore City Public Schools. She was also a member of the Public School Teachers Association the National Education Association, the American Red Cross and the NAACP.

In the Legislature[edit]

Murphy was appointed to the House of Delegates after the death of her husband Delegate Arthur Murphy Sr. She represented District 41 (D) in Baltimore City from 1978 to 1995. Murphy was a member of the House Environmental Matters Committee and the Joint Committee on Federal Relations. She chaired the Baltimore City Delegation from 1989 to 1992 and also served on the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review. She was a member and secretary, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and a member of the Women Legislators of Maryland.


  1. ^ "Margaret H. Murphy". Archives of Maryland. Retrieved 2009-09-03.