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Benjamin Franklin Murphy (December 24, 1867 – March 6, 1938) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Benjamin Franklin Murphy
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byDavid Hollingsworth
Succeeded byLawrence E. Imhoff
Personal details
Born(1867-12-24)December 24, 1867
Steubenville, Ohio
DiedMarch 6, 1938(1938-03-06) (aged 70)
Takoma Park, Maryland
Resting placeUnion Cemetery, Steubenville
Political partyRepublican

Born in Steubenville, Ohio to Charles F. Murphy and Mary E. (née Beasley) Murphy, he attended the public schools. He learned the glassworker's trade, and later engaged in the retail shoe business, in banking, and in the real estate business. He served as vice president of the Peoples National Bank. During the First World War, Murphy served with the Young Men's Christian Association, stationed at Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Alabama, in 1917 and 1918.

Murphy was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce (Sixty-seventh Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress and for election in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress.

Murphy was married twice. His first wife, Mame M. née Barcus, died in an automobile accident in Florida in April 1929.[1] About a year later, he married a local divorcee, Marie E. (née Williams) Clerk[2][3] in Washington, DC. The ceremony took place at her home and was presided over by her brother-in-law, Rev. William Clews.

Murphy resided in Washington, D.C.. He died in Takoma Park, Maryland, March 6, 1938. He was interred in Union Cemetery, Steubenville, Ohio.


  • United States Congress. "B. Frank Murphy (id: M001089)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • B. Frank Murphy at Find a Grave

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website


  1. ^ "Wreck Kills Wife of Representative", The Washington Post, April 23, 1929, pg1; note: accessed via archives "The Washington Post (1877-1986)"
  2. ^ "Ohio Member and Capital Matron Wed" - unknown source of article, likely to be The Washington Post
  3. ^ Personal notes of Julia C. Clews (Marie's niece) currently held by DK Clews
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Hollingsworth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Lawrence E. Imhoff