MURPHY, Richard Louis (1875-1936)

MURPHY, RICHARD LOUIS, a Senator from Iowa; born in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, November 6, 1875; attended the public schools of Dubuque; reporter for the Galena (Ill.) Gazette 1890-1892; returned to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1892 and was successively a reporter, city editor, and editor 1892-1914; member of the Dubuque County Library Board 1909-1914; served as collector of internal revenue for Iowa 1913-1920; income tax counselor 1920-1931, when he retired from active pursuits; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1933, until his death in an automobile accident near Chippewa Falls, Wis., July 16, 1936; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West (a suburb of Dubuque), Iowa.

University of Iowa Libraries
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Iowa City, IA
Papers: Correspondence in John W. Carey papers, 1899-1943; and miscellaneous items in several collections.

  • U.S. Congress. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States: Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Richard Louis Murphy, Late a Senator from Iowa. 75th Cong., 1st sess., 1938. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1938.