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MURPHY, John Stanford

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MURPHY, John Stanford. (Schuylkill Co., PA, 1846--Dubuque, IA, Mar. 10, 1902). Murphy moved with his parents to Anamosa and moved to Dubuque in 1859 as a printer's apprentice at the Dubuque Herald. He then moved to St. Louis where he became a reporter. He stayed there several years and then returned to Dubuque as a typesetter. His work gradually moved into the field of editorials. Murphy served as city editor of the Dubuque Herald and the staff of several other local papers until 1876 when he joined the Telegraph. Praised by his contemporaries for his dedication, Murphy was compared to other crusaders of the day who campaigned in the cause of the "people" with high idealism. (1)

He was one of the important proponents of the Carnegie free library and was a member of its board of directors.Although he never held elective office, his drive motivated the Iowa Democratic Party. His son, Richard Louis MURPHY carried on in his father's post as editor of the TELEGRAPH HERALD. (2)

On the day of his funeral, the district court adjourned, the Dubuque Times and Globe Journal and all the other printing offices closed for two hours, and the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald suspended publication for the day. (3)



1. "Sudden Summons," Telegraph-Herald, March 11 1902, p. 4

2. Ibid.

3. "In Mt. Olivet," Telegraph-Herald, March 15, 1902 p. 1