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 Charles Minthorn “Mile-A-Minute” Murphy

Charles Minthorn “Mile-A-Minute” Murphy

Birth
New York, USA
Death 17 Feb 1950 (aged 79–80)
Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 154, Lot 23309
Memorial ID 13533959 · View Source
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Sportsman. He was a world bicycle speed record holder. He once rode more than 60 mph behind a speeding Long Island Railroad train. Holder of seven world records; seventeen American records; and twenty-nine state records. First policeman in the world to fly an airplane, and also the first policeman to use a motorcycle, in uniform, in the New York City Police Department. On June 30, 1899, traveling eastward from Farmingdale, New York, on the Maywood siding, Murphy, riding his Tribune "Blue Streak" bicycle, raced a measured mile in 57 4/5 seconds inside of a specially built shield fitted to the back of a Long Island Railroad train. This wind shield arrangement removed all wind resistance yielding neither suction nor propulsion. Officer Murphy rode in "dead air" and was thereafter know as "Mile-a-Minute Murphy." His bicycle is currently on display at the Indian Motorcycle Museum in Massachusetts.

Bio by: John T. Chiarella


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John T. Chiarella
  • Added: 5 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13533959
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Minthorn “Mile-A-Minute” Murphy (1870–17 Feb 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13533959, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .