Benjamin Franklin Murphy
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 18th district
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||David Hollingsworth|
|Succeeded by||Lawrence E. Imhoff|
|Born||December 24, 1867|
|Died||March 6, 1938 (aged 70)|
Takoma Park, Maryland
|Resting place||Union Cemetery, Steubenville|
Born in Steubenville, Ohio to Charles F. Murphy and Mary E. (née Beasley) Murphy, he attended the public schools. He learned the glassworker's trade, and later engaged in the retail shoe business, in banking, and in the real estate business. He served as vice president of the Peoples National Bank. During the First World War, Murphy served with the Young Men's Christian Association, stationed at Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Alabama, in 1917 and 1918.
Murphy was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce (Sixty-seventh Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress and for election in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress.
Murphy was married twice. His first wife, Mame M. née Barcus, died in an automobile accident in Florida in April 1929. About a year later, he married a local divorcee, Marie E. (née Williams) Clerk in Washington, DC. The ceremony took place at her home and was presided over by her brother-in-law, Rev. William Clews.
- United States Congress. "B. Frank Murphy (id: M001089)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- B. Frank Murphy at Find a Grave
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
- "Wreck Kills Wife of Representative", The Washington Post, April 23, 1929, pg1; note: accessed via Ancestry.com archives "The Washington Post (1877-1986)"
- "Ohio Member and Capital Matron Wed" - unknown source of article, likely to be The Washington Post
- Personal notes of Julia C. Clews (Marie's niece) currently held by DK Clews
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district
Lawrence E. Imhoff