Walter F. Murphy

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Walter Francis Murphy, Jr. (November 21, 1929 – April 20, 2010) was a 20th-century American political scientist and writer.


Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he won a Distinguished Service Cross for his service as a Marine in Korea, eventually retiring with the rank of colonel. He held the chair of McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton. As a professor, he was undergraduate thesis advisor for Samuel Alito. His professional writing, consisting mostly of non-fiction works on political science, included the classic Constitutional Democracy; he has also written three popular novels, including The Vicar of Christ. Murphy died of cancer, according to his wife, Doris Maher Murphy.

Murphy's name was on the “Selectee List[1][2].