Frank Murphy was associate justice of the U. S. Supreme Court from 1940 until his death in 1949. His earlier career included service as a judge in the Detroit Recorder’s Court and instructor in law at the University of Detroit in the twenties. In the following decade he was mayor of Detroit, U. S. governor-general in the Philippines, governor of Michigan, and attorney general of the United States. Governor Murphy’s stand during the 1937 sit-down strike received national attention when he refused to send troops to remove workers from the factories. As an associate justice, Murphy wrote many of the Court’s opinions concerning civil liberties. In Thornhill v. Alabama (1940), Murphy clarified labor’s right to strike, holding that peaceful picketing was a manifestation of freedom of speech. Murphy died on July 19, 1949, and is buried in Harbor Beach.
1890-Born, Harbor Beach, on April 13.
1914-Graduated from University of Michigan Law School.
1917-19 - Army officer, World War I, service in Germany.
1919 - Law studies, London and Dublin.
1920-23 - First Assistant U.S. District
1922-27 - Law instructor, University of Detroit.
1923-30 - Recorder’s Court Judge, Detroit.
1930-33 - Mayor of Detroit.
1933-36 - Governor-General, Philippine Islands. After the islands achieved commonwealth status, he became U.S. High Commissioner.
1937-38 - Governor of Michigan.
1939-40 - Attorney General of the U.S.
1940-49 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
1949-Died at Detroit, on July 19. Buried in Rock Falls Cemetery, Harbor Beach.
Erected 1967 by Michigan Historical Commission, Sponsored by State Bar of Michigan. (Marker Number S285.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
Location. 43° 50.617′ N, 82° 39.073′ W. Marker is in Harbor Beach, Michigan, in Huron County. Marker is on South Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 25) 0.1 miles south of State Street (Michigan Route 142), on the left when traveling south. Located just south of the J.F. Murphy Attorney at Law building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 142 S Huron St, Harbor Beach MI 48441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Hope Chimney (approx. The Territory of Michigan and "White Rock" (approx. 9 miles away); "White Rock": The History, Oral Traditions, and Tales (approx. 9 miles away); White Rock School (approx. 9˝ miles away); Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse (approx. 14.3 miles away); Huron City (approx. 15.7 miles away).
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