D. J. MURPHY.
One of the most able lawyers and business men of Waukon is D. J. Murphy, who during the twenty years of his residence
here has actively identified himself with the city's professional, financial and public life, winning each year
increasing prominence in each field. He is today a leader at the bar and well known as an organizer and a force
in local democratic politics; his name standing as a synonym for progress, growth and advancement.
Mr. Murphy has been a resident of Iowa since 1889. He was born in New Diggings, Wisconsin, November I, 1867, and
grew to manhood in that state and was there educated, graduating from the State Normal School at Platteville with
the class of 1886. He afterward engaged in teaching, winning prominence in his profession, rising to be principal
of the Highland high school, a position which he held for three years. In 1889 he came to Iowa and joined his brother,
D. D. Murphy, at Elkader, where he read law until 1891, when he was admitted to the bar. He formed a partnership
with his brother and they practiced in Elkader for two years, Mr. Murphy of this review coming in 1893. to Waukon,
where he has since been in active practice before the district and supreme courts. His ability and worth have become
widely recognized during the twenty years and his success in handling important and difficult litigation has placed
him in a leading position at the Allamakee county bar.
It is not alone along professional lines, however, that Mr. Murphy nas achieved success and prominence, for he
is an able and far sighted business man connected through investment or official service with various important
enterprises in the city. He built one of the finest business blocks in Watikon, the lower floors of which are occupied
by a large department store, while the upper story is fitted up into fine offices. Mr. Murphy has his own suite
of three rooms here, tastefully furnished and equipped with one of the finest law libraries in this section of
the state. He was one of the organizers of the Peoples National Bank and is now a large stockholder and member
of the board of directors. He is a stockholder and director in the Citizens State Bank and aided in forming the
company which opened up and developed the iron mines in this vicinity. He was elected president of the concern
and still holds the office. All of his business affairs are conducted in an able and discriminating way and the
success to which he has attained is entirely the result of his own talents and powers which have been intelligently
and worthily used.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 8, 1894, Mr. Murphy was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Hay, who was born
at Mineral Point, that state, and who acquired her education in Platteville. For a time she was a teacher in the
public schools of Milwaukee. Mr. and Mrs. Murphy have three children: Lorna, who is a student at Mount St. Joseph's
College of Dubuque; Robert H., also a student in St. Joseph's College in the same city; and James P.
Mr. Murphy has been affiliated with the democratic party since casting his first vote and is prominent in the party's
councils. In 1912 he was a candidate for the office of district judge and, although not elected, was proud of the
vote which he polled, carrying his home county by a majority of six hundred and eighteen, in the very center of
a republican stronghold. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Roman Catholic church and his uptight life, and sterling
qualities of character have gained him the respect and esteem of all who are in any way associated with him.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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