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Murphy, Daniel D. 1862 - 1931


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 8/26/2014 at 23:12:45

Oelwein Daily Register, Fri., 5 June 1931. (Apparently from the Fayette County Union newspaper.)


D. D. Murphy, aged 68 years, one of the leading attorneys of the state, died Saturday morning from a heart attack following a week's illness.

While on his way to his office Monday morning he had a fainting spell and fell on his face, receiving cuts and bruises. He was confined to his bed since but apparently was on the road to recovery.

Mr. Murphy was well known. He had held many positions of prominence both in law and educational fields. He was born at New Diggins, Lafayette County, Wis., August 22, 1862, and he was married to Henrietta Johnsen of Guttenberg, Iowa, in 1888. She with one son, Clarence F., who was associated with his father in the law profession at Elkader, are the immediate survivors.

In 1883 he went to Guttenberg as superintendent of the high school, after graduating from the state normal school at Platteville, Wis., now a state teacher's college. Four years later he graduated from the law school of the University of Iowa. He had been in continuous practice of law at Elkader since 1888, and was county attorney from 1891 to 1895.

Mr. Murphy was a former president of the Iowa State Bar association, member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. At the time of his death he was a member of the board of regents of Columbia College at Dubuque.

He was also a member of the state board of education, having in charge all educational institutions in the state from the time of it's creation in 1909 to 1929. For fourteen years he was president of the board, and was generally regarded as its most influential and dominating figure.

He took occasional interest in politics, and represented the state of Iowa in two national democratic conventions, that of 1892 in Chicago and of 1912 in Baltimore.

Mr. Murphy was a recognized leader of the bar for thirty-five years in Iowa. He was not only well versed in law, but had the faculty of making convincing arguments of the kind that carried a strong appeal to jurors.

Mr. Murphy had wide business interests, in addition to his law practice. He was president of the Elkader State Bank and a director of the Clayton County State Bank. He served as director of other banks which have been merged with the Elkader State Bank.

Besides the widow and one son, Mr. Murphy is survived by three brothers, D. J. of Waukon, Michael J. of Milwaukee, and John who lives in South Dakota.

Funeral services were held at Elkader Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, from St. Joseph's Catholic church.

Many members of the Fayette county bar were in attendance at the funeral to pay their last respects to a brother of the fraternity who they all learned to love and respect. Fayette County Union.


Photo is from pg 1 of the Clayton County Register, 6/4/1931


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