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Murphy, Richard G.

Senate 1857-58 (District 7)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Scott

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: ??/??/1800 (uncertain)
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Date of Death: 1/14/1875 (uncertain)
Gender: Male
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City of Residence (when first elected): Shakopee
Occupation (when first elected): None Listed

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GENERAL NOTES

Toensing lists his birth year as 1846 but that cannot be correct because he would have only been eleven when he was elected to the Senate. A death date cited from a Shakopee Argus obituary (http://www.edenprairiehistory.org/EPHistory/SA61-26.TXT) lists a death date for a Richard G. Murphy as being January 14, 1875 and lists his age as 74. His revised birth date seems more likely and is derived from that death date.

Murphy's Landing in Shakopee is named for him.

Total Days Served: 735

SESSIONS SERVED

1st Legislative Session (1857-1858)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 07
Elected: 10/13/1857
Residence: Shakopee
Term of Office: 12/2/1857 to 12/6/1859
Counties Represented: Scott
Occupation: None Listed
Party: Not Available
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Leadership Position: President of the Senate
Leadership Notes: He was President of the Senate until June 3, 1858; when Lieutenant Governor William Holcombe took office and assumed the position.
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore
Leadership Notes: The General Laws of Minnesota, 1858 list him as President Pro Tempore.
Session Notes: He was sworn in on December 7, 1857 and subscribed to the oath of office on December 8, 1857. An 1858-59 session was not held due to the protracted session of 1857-58. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872, p. 66) Thus, even though the first session was adjourned on August 12, 1858; the term end date for it is listed as the day before the second legislative session's start date.
Photographs
Richard G. Murphy of Shakopee, member of the First State Legislature (ca. 1858) From the Minnesota Historical Society's Visual Resources Database