Francis Parnell Murphy

Pictures courtesy of Dick Blacher. Description by Paul Jackson.

Francis Parnell Murphy

by Samuel R. Guard and Lloyd Graham, 1940

This book measures 8" X 5 3/4" and has 144 pages. Francis Parnell Murphy was born Aug 16th, 1877  and died Dec 19th, 1958. He was the governor of New Hampshire from 1937 until 1941. Governor Murphy supported much New Deal legislation, particularly legislation which supported labor rights. This is to me fairly interesting since Murphy had twelve shoe manufacturing plants and his J.F. McElwain Company was the largest employer of labor in New Hampshire. He also had the traditional New Hampshire concern for sound budgeting. In order to ease homeowners' tax burdens, he eliminated the state tax on real estate in favor of a new tax on tobacco products. When Murphy retired as governor in 1941, he made one last effort at political life, campaigning against Styles Bridges for the U.S. Senate seat in 1942. When Murphy lost that election, by 15,000 votes, he returned to his business interests. He established Radio Voice of New Hampshire, Inc, which became radio station WMUR. When television came he set up WMUR-TV.

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