B. Frank Murphy

For other people named Frank Murphy, see Frank Murphy (disambiguation).
Benjamin Franklin Murphy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1919  March 3, 1933
Preceded by David Hollingsworth
Succeeded by Lawrence E. Imhoff
Personal details
Born (1867-12-24)December 24, 1867
Steubenville, Ohio
Died March 6, 1938(1938-03-06) (aged 70)
Takoma Park, Maryland
Resting place Union Cemetery, Steubenville
Political party Republican

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

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.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.


  1. "WRECK KILLS WIFE OF REPRESENTATIVE", The Washington Post, April 23, 1929, pg1; note: accessed via Ancestry.com archives "The Washington Post (1877-1986)"
  2. "OHIO MEMMBER 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
United States 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
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