D.J. Murphy

D.J. Murphy

One of the most able lawyers and business men of Waukon is D. J. Murphy who during the twenty years of his residence here has actively identified himself with the city’s professional, financial and public life, winning each year increasing prominence in each field. He is today a leader at the bar and well known as an organizer and a force in local democratic politics, his name standing as a synonym for progress, growth and advancement.

Mr. Murphy has been a resident of Iowa since 1889. He was born in New Diggings, Wisconsin, November 1, 1867, and grew to manhood in that state and was there educated, graduating from the State Normal School at Platteville with the class of 1886. He afterward engaged in teaching, winning prominence in his profession, rising to be principal of the Highland high school, a position which he held for three years. In 1889 he came to Iowa and joined his brother, D. D. Murphy, at Elkader, where he read law until 1891, when he was admitted to the bar. He formed a partnership with his brother and they practiced in Elkader for two years, Mr. Murphy of this review coming in 1893 to Waukon, where he has since been in active practice before the district and supreme courts. His ability and worth have become widely recognized during the twenty years and his success in handling important and difficult litigation has placed him in a leading position at the Allamakee county bar.

It is not alone along professional lines, however, that Mr. Murphy has achieved success and prominence, for he is an able and far-sighted business man connected through investment or official service with various important enterprises in the city. He built one of the finest business blocks in Waukon, the lower floors of which are occupied by a large department store, while the upper story is fitted up into fine offices. Mr. Murphy has his own suite of three rooms here, tastefully furnished and equipped with one of the finest law libraries in this section of the state. He was one of the organizers of the Peoples National Bank and is now a large stockholder and member of the board of directors. He is a stockholder and director in the Citizens State Bank and aided in forming the company which opened up and developed the iron mines in this vicinity. He was elected president of the concern and still holds the office. All of his business affairs are conducted in an able and discriminating way and the success to which he has attained is entirely the result of his own talents and powers which have been intelligently and worthily used.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 8, 1894, Mr. Murphy was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Hay, who was born at Mineral Point, that state, and who acquired her education in Platteville. For a time she was a teacher in the public schools of Milwaukee. Mr. and Mrs. Murphy have three children; Lorna, who is a student at Mount St. Joseph’s College of Dubuque; Robert H., also a student in St. Joseph’s College in the same city; and James P.

Mr. Murphy has been affiliated with the democratic party since casting his first vote and is prominent in the party’s councils. In 1912 he was a candidate for the office of district judge and, although not elected, was proud of the vote which he polled, carrying his home county by a majority of six hundred and eighteen, in the very center of a republican stronghold. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Roman Catholic church and his upright life and sterling qualities of character have gained him the respect and esteem of all who are in any was associated with him.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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