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Edward Murphy, Jr. (December 15, 1836 – August 3, 1911) was a single term United States Senator from New York, a businessman, and mayor of Troy, New York.


Birth and early years

Edward Murphy was born in Troy, New York and attended local schools. He later was graduated from St. John's College, Fordham in 1857.

Career in public service

Murphy was city alderman from 1864 to 1866. He was Mayor of Troy, New York from 1875 to 1883.

In 1893, he was elected as a Democrat a U.S. Senator from New York and served from March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1899. In 1899, he was defeated for re-election by Republican Chauncey M. Depew. Murphy was Chairman of the Committee on Relations with Canada (53rd Congress).

Later years

He resumed his former business activities and was also the president of the Troy Gas Co. and the vice president of the Manufacturers' National Bank of Troy.

His daughter Julia married Hugh J. Grant, a prominent New York City politician.


Murphy died in Elberon, New Jersey on August 3, 1911, aged 74, and was interred in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Troy, New York.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Frank Hiscock
United States Senator (Class 1) from New York
Served alongside: David B. Hill, Thomas C. Platt
Succeeded by
Chauncey Depew


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