Biography of Thomas Murphy


Murphy, Thomas, police justice, Buffalo, is one of four sons of John and Mary (Downey) Murphy, natives of Ireland, and was born at East Palmyra, N. Y., December 91, 1869. His father came to East Palmyra when a young man, bought and still owns a farm there, was actively identified with local and public affairs, and in 1887 retired and now resides in Buffalo. Judge Murphy was reared on a farm, attended the public schools and the Palmyra Classical Institute, and when fifteen years of age came to Buffalo and finished his education in the High School. He read law in the office of Henry H. Seymour and for three months with Ford & Ferguson, and was admitted to the bar in 1884. He remained with Mr. Seymour until 1886, when he accepted a position with the Delaware and Hudson Canal Coal Company. Two years later he became counsel and assistant manager of the United States Electric Light and Power Company, and after the consolidation of the electric light companies of Buffalo in 1892 resumed the practice of his profession. He was first a Democrat, but since 1888 has been a leading Republican, and served as an examiner of corporations under Comptroller Roberts for one year, when he resigned. In 1895 he was candidate for assemblyman in the First Assembly District, and in April, 1897, was appointed a police justice, popularly called "Morning Justice," to fill a vacancy. In November of the same year he received a vote of confidence from the people when they elected him to the same office for a four-year term. He has always been active in politics, has served as a delegate to various political and judicial conventions, and is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knights of Columbus. In 1892 he married Miss Margaret H. Burke of Swains, Allegany county, N. Y.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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