Oakes Murphy

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Nathan Oakes Murphy
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10th and 14th Governor of Arizona Territory
In office
August 1, 1898 – July 1, 1902
Appointed byWilliam McKinley
Preceded byMyron H. McCord
Succeeded byAlexander Oswald Brodie
In office
May 11, 1892 – April 12, 1893
Appointed byBenjamin Harrison
Preceded byJohn N. Irwin
Succeeded byLouis Cameron Hughes
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona Territory
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byMarcus A. Smith
Succeeded byMarcus A. Smith
Personal details
Born(1849-10-14)October 14, 1849
Jefferson, Maine
DiedAugust 22, 1908(1908-08-22) (aged 58)
Coronado, California
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sarah E. Banghart (married 1884, divorced 1903)
Emma D. Sells (married 1904)

Nathan Oakes Murphy (October 14, 1849 – August 22, 1908) was the tenth and fourteenth Governor of Arizona Territory.

Born in Jefferson, Maine, Murphy attended the public schools. He taught school in Wisconsin. He went to the western frontier and finally settled in Prescott, Arizona, in April 1883 where he engaged in mining and the real estate business. Secretary to the Governor of Arizona Territory in 1885. He was appointed secretary of Arizona Territory March 21, 1889. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892. Governor of Arizona Territory 1892–1894.

Murphy was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896. Again Governor of Arizona Territory and served from 1898 to 1902, when he resigned. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress. He died in Coronado, California, August 22, 1908. He was interred in the Masonic Cemetery, San Diego, California but reinterred at Rock Creek Cemetery (DC) in December 1909.

Frank Murphy[edit]

Oakes' brother, Frank, was the owner of the Congress Mine, the Sasco smelter, and the (MEOW) builder of Castle Hot Springs. He also worked on what is now the Santa Fe Railroad, in northern Arizona.[1]



  1. ^ "Morristown Area History". Ena McGuire. Retrieved January 23, 2014.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marcus A. Smith
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona Territory

Succeeded by
Marcus A. Smith