Biography of Terrence J. Murphy


Murphy, Terrence J., Buffalo, one of two sons and three daughters of James and Bridget (Gilbert) Murphy, natives of Ireland and Troy, N. Y., respectively, was born in Buffalo, September 6, 1857. The father, who came to America when a young man, was an active Democrat, and in 1867 was killed by the falling of a roof. Mr. Murphy was educated in public schools Nos. 4 and 5, and when seventeen years of age began life for himself, serving two and one-half years at the plumber's trade. He then engaged with his uncle in the live stock business for one year. and afterward was employed on a harbor tug boat and as weighmaster in various grain elevators until 1876, when he joined the volunteer fire department. A year later he resumed his position as weighmaster, and in January, 1880, again became a fireman, but in 1881 returned to his elevator work. After two years he was connected with the engineering corps during the construction of the great trunk sewer. January 5, 1886, he was appointed fireman of Hook and Ladder No. 2; December 20, 1887, was promoted captain of Engine No. 12; and June 15, 1895, was made battalion chief of the 6th district which position he now holds.. Mr. Murphy has exhibited great bravery as a fireman, notably at the burning of the Richmond Hotel and Arcade Building, when he imperiled his own life to save others. He is a member of the C. M. B. A., and of the Firemen's Beneficiary Association, of which he was one of the leading organizers. He visited Great Britain and Europe in 1889, and while in Paris purchased the first ticket for and was one of the first passengers to ascend the Eifel Tower. He visited Great Britain again in 1894. In 1884 he married Bridget, daughter of John and Margaret (Ryan) Farrell, of Buffalo, and they have had a son (deceased) and a daughter.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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