Biography of Peter Murphy
Member of 60th Ohio General Assembly - Senate

PETER MURPHY, Senator from the Second District, was born October 1, 1820, in Butler county, Ohio, in which county he has always resided. He was brought up on a farm, receiving but a common school education. He followed farming until the year 1848, when he engaged in mercantile business.

In the fall of 1851 he was elected Sheriff of Butler county, which he held for the constitutional term of four years. At the expiration of his second term of office, he returned to his native township, Liberty, in that county, where he has since resided.

He was a Director of the Agricultural Society of Butler county for about five years.

In the fall of 1861 he was nominated, by his party, for State Senator, while, at the time, he was not a candidate, and was not aware of the use of his name, not even being present at the Convention, but attending a meeting of the Agricultural Board. He was defeated, since the election went Republican that year. His opponent was Hon. A. G. MeBurney.

In 1858 he helped to organize a local fire insurance company, called the Butler Insurance Company, and was elected its first President, which office he has held ever since.

In 1864 the Hamilton First National Bank was organized, in which he took stock, and was elected one of the Directors, which place he still fills.

In 1866 he, with other parties, organized the Union Central Life Insurance Company, of Cincinnati, and was elected one of its Directors, which position he still holds.

In 1871 he was elected State Senator, running ahead of his ticket, leading G. W. McCook, Democratic candidate for Governor, one hundred and eighteen votes in his own county.

Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872

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