P.J. Murphy Papers, 1919, 1942
Primary Creator: Murphy, P.J. (1870-1942)
Extent: 0.25 Folders
Date Acquired: 01/21/1992
P.J. Murphy was born in Lanark, Ontario, Canada, on January 23, 1870. His family moved to North Dakota in 1881. Murphy graduated from Grafton High School, and attended the University of North Dakota for a time. He married Mary Ann Normand on July 10, 1901, at Oakwood (Walsh County), North Dakota. The couple had one son, Harold.
P.J Murphy taught at a Catholic School in Oakwood from 1889-1900. In 1900, he became the district manager for the Modern Woodmen of America lodge. He was promoted in 1909 to state manager, a capacity in which he served until his retirement in 1936. He was also a member of the Grafton School Board for eighteen years. Murphy was elected to the North Dakota State Senate as a Republican in 1913, serving until 1933. He was also the first president of the State Board of Higher Education.
P.J. Murphy died January 13, 1942.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Charles "Tim" Murphy, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Acquisition Method: Donation; Acc.#92-1804
Separated Materials: One undated photograph of P.J. Murphy was separated and placed in the Photograph File Cabinets.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). P.J. Murphy Papers. OGLMC 1248, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in December 2013.
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[Photograph 1: P.J. Murphy, undated (photograph used in obituary)],