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Richard L. Murphy

Born: Nov 6, 1875

Death: Jul 16, 1936

Birthplace: Dubuque

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Richard L. Murphy

Date of Birth : Nov 6, 1875
Date of Death : Jul 16, 1936
Birth Place : Dubuque

Richard Louis Murphy of Dubuque, Iowa was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Iowa. Elected with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, as only the second Democratic Senator from Iowa elected since 1858, Murphy's service was cut short by his accidental death in 1936, with over two years remaining in his only term. Louis Murphy was born to John and Anna Murphy in Dubuque, Iowa, on November 6, 1875. His father was the publisher of the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. Louis attended the public schools in Dubuque, including two years of high school, but his earnings were needed at home, so his formal education ended. He began a career in journalism at age 15, by serving as a reporter for the Galena, Illinois, Gazette from 1890-1892. Returning to Dubuque in 1892, he worked at the Dubuque Times-Journal as a reporter then as a city editor. Upon his father's death in 1902, he became the editor of the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, serving in that position until 1914. He was appointed by the Woodrow Wilson Administration to serve as collector of internal revenue for Iowa from 1913 to 1920.


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