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Orrice Abram Murdock Jr.

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Orrice Abram "Abe" Murdock Jr. (July 18, 1893 – September 15, 1979) was a United States Representative and Senator from Utah. Born in Austin, Nevada, he moved with his parents to Beaver, Utah, in 1898, attended the public schools and Murdock Academy in Beaver, and the University of Utah at Salt Lake City. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1922, commencing practice in Beaver. He was a member of the Beaver city council in 1920 and 1921, and was county attorney in 1923–24, 1927–28, and 1931-32. He was city attorney of Beaver from 1926 to 1933, and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for district attorney for the fifth Utah district in 1928.

Orrice Abram Murdock Jr.
Orrice Abram, Jr. Murdock.jpg
United States Senator
from Utah
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byWilliam H. King
Succeeded byArthur V. Watkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byDon B. Colton
Succeeded byWalter K. Granger
Personal details
Born(1893-07-18)July 18, 1893
Austin, Nevada
DiedSeptember 15, 1979(1979-09-15) (aged 86)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Violet Yardley Murdock
ChildrenWilliam Orrice Murdock
Abram Riggs Murdock
Daniel Beck Murdock
Jane Elizabeth Murdock Jaremko
Mary Violet Murdock Christensen
Cinda Murdock Sengstack
Alma materUniversity of Utah

Murdock was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress and was reelected to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1933, to January 3, 1941. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1940, having become a candidate for the U.S. Senate; he was elected as a Democrat to the Senate in 1940 and served from January 3, 1941, to January 3, 1947; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946, and resumed the practice of law and engaged in agricultural pursuits and livestock raising. From 1947 to 1957, he was a member of the National Labor Relations Board and in 1960 was a member of the Atomic Energy Labor-Management Relations Panel.

Murdock died of natural causes in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1979, and was interred in Mountain View Cemetery in Beaver, Utah.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Orrice Abram Murdock Jr. (id: M001082)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Don B. Colton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter K. Granger
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
William H. King
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Utah
Served alongside: Elbert D. Thomas
Succeeded by
Arthur V. Watkins