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Charles Alfred Murphy, Sr.

Charles A. Murphy, Sr.
Full Name: Charles Alfred Murphy, Sr.
Birth date: February 14, 1884
Death date: January 24, 1946

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 39th (9) (10) Legislature
    1/13/1925 - 1/11/1927
    Democrat
  • Senate, 38th (6) (8) & 37th (7) Legislatures
    1/11/1921 - 1/13/1925
    Democrat
    Senate President Pro Tempore, elected 4/16/1923, 2nd C.S.
  • House, 36th (1) (2) (3) (4) Legislature
    1/14/1919 - 1/19/1920
    Democrat
  • House, 35th (5) (11) Legislature
    2/27/1918 - 1/14/1919
    Democrat
(1) "Governor Calls Special Harris County Elections," 2/6/1920, p. 5. "Lynch Davidson and Charles Murphy resigned to make the race for Senate. . ."; "Davidson Winner in Senatorial Race," 3/12/1920, p. 2. Brookshire Times (Brookshire, Waller County, Texas) .
(2) Senate District 16 election 3/4/1920 - Lynch Davidson, "democrat," defeated Charles Murphy, "endorsed by the Non-Partisan League and organized labor of Houston", 3/8/1920, p. 2; "Non-Partisan League Makes its Bow in Texas Politics," 3/4/1920, p. 5. Denton Record-Chronicle .
(3) 36th Legislature, 3rd C.S. - Oath of Office Administered (to E.W. Neal, District 15, Place 2), 5/20/1920, pp. 1-2. No committee appointments listed for Neal in 3rd-4th C.S. Predecessor C. Murphy's district was 15-3 in House Journal, 36th Regular. House Journal .
(4) E.W. Neal, in special election 3/4/1920, sworn 5/20/1920, succeeded Charles Murphy, resigned 1/19/1920. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(5) Charles Murphy, in special election 2/23/1918, sworn 2/27/1918, succeeded Harry V. Fisher, resigned after 3rd Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(6) Democrat - "Kluxers Leave Democratic Meet: Organization Opposed at Action in Democratic Convention in Houston," 8/3/1924, p. 12. State Senator Charles Murphy nominated as chairman of County Democratic Executive Committee. San Antonio Express .
(7) 37th Legislature - 1/11/1921, pp. 2-3, List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November 2nd, 1920, listed as Senator-elect. Senate Journal .
(8) 38th Legislature - 1/9/1923, p. 1, listed in Roll Call of Holdover Senators. Senate Journal .
(9) 39th Legislature - 1/13/1925, p. 1, shows all 31 Senators were elected on 11/4/1924. Senate Journal .
(10) 39th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/15/1925, pp. 34-35. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal .
(11) Assumed Democrat based on listing as Democrat in 36th Legislature. Texas Legislative Manual .

Biographical Notes and Resources

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Other Resources

  • Obituary, "Former State Senator Charles Murphy Dies," 1/24/1946, p. 12. Sponsored "full crew bill" (complete train crews on railroads) and led Texas Supreme Court case for the "train shed law" (railroads to erect sheds to protect employees from the weather). Paris News .
  • Memorial, March 1946, p. 126. Texas Bar Journal .
  • Murphy, Jr., Charles Alfred. Relatives: Charles A. Murphy, Sr. - father, Charles Alfred Murphy, Jr. - son. Texas State Cemetery .
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