Col. Robert W. Murphy

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
July 29, 1909, Page 1
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Col. Murphy Dies.
Well Known Lawyer Succumbs to Apoplexy.
Brave Confederate Soldier.
Born and Reared in North Carolina
Lived In Texas When War Began.

Col. Robert W. Murphy died at his home in this city Tuesday afternoon at 5:08 o’clock.  His death was caused from apoplexy, the attack coming on last Thursday and he was found by friends lying on the back veranda of his home unconscious.  There were other complications which arose and he was never able to rally from the attack.

Col. Murphy was born and reared in McDowell county, North Carolina.  In his manhood he went to Texas, where he enlisted in the service of the confederacy at the breaking out of the civil war, being chosen second lieutenant of his company, which was company E in the 3d Texas Cavalry.  Col. Murphy saw trying service in the armies of Bragg and Johnston and proved himself a faithful and courageous soldier,  He was wounded one or more times in the battles in which he was engaged.

After the war Col. Murphy came to Cartersville.  He first worked as a carpenter but soon began the study of law in the office of Col. Abda Johnson and was admitted to the bar in 1867 or 1868.  Possessed of a bright mind and much originality, he won his way in his profession to the command of fair practice. At one time he held the position of solicitor for the county court.  In the early eighties Col. Murphy married a Miss Russell, of Cassville, a sister of the late W. A. Russell, a well known business man in Atlanta.  His wife lived only a few years after their marriage.  Col. Murphy of late years has held the position of United States commissioner for the seventh district.  He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church, in which he has held the office of deacon for a number of years.  He was a man of strong convictions and very conscientious.  He possessed a rich fund of humor which evinced itself up into the last hours of his existence.  He had many friends.  From among those who had known him best the pall bearers were chosen.  The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, the remains finding their last resting place at Oak Hill cemetery.


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