Biography of Edward P. Murphy


Murphy, Edward P., Buffalo, born February 2, 1857, in Buffalo, N. Y., is one of two sons and four daughters of Frank and. Mary (McCarthy) Murphy, natives of Ireland. Frank Murphy, born in 1835., came to America when a boy, settled in Boston, Mass., and in 1851 removed to Buffalo, where he still resides, retiring from his trade of blacksmith in 1877. He is a Democrat and a member of the C. M. B. A. His wife died in April, 1897. Edward P. Murphy attended the public schools and St. Joseph's College, and when fourteen years of age began to learn the blacksmith's trade, which he followed until April 3, 1876, when he joined the Buffalo volunteer fire department. He became captain of Hook and Ladder No. 2 in 1879, was made a battalion chief May 1, 1883, and was promoted to his present position as assistant chief of the department June 1, 1890. Mr. Murphy has distinguished himself as a fireman, holding a badge of honor for bravery and life saving, which was presented to him by the Board of Fire Commissioners. He has saved in all twelve lives, including the fire at the Richmond Hotel. On October 6, 1893, while at a great fire on East Market street, he fell twenty-one feet through an Ppen hatchway and broke both arms and his nose. He is a member and for four years has been president of the Firemen's Beneficiary Association; he is also member of the Exempt Firemen's Association, the C. M. B. A., the Royal Arcanum, and the Knights of Columbus, and in politics is a Republican. In 1883 he married Mary, daughter of Edward and Catharine Hanley, of Buffalo and a teacher in the public schools. They have a daughter and two sons.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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