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Franklin Murphy

  • Birth 3 Jan 1846 Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 24 Feb 1920 Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Plot Section F, Lot 159/160
  • Memorial ID 4859

42nd New Jersey Governor. Son of a prosperous manufacturer, he was attending a prestigious learning academy in Newark, New Jersey when the Civil War started. He enlisted in the Union Army, and was mustered in as a Corporal in Company A, 13th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on August 25, 1862. He would go on to participate with his regiment at the 1862 Battle of Antietam, the 1863 Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, the 1864 battles around Atlanta, Georgia, General William T. Sherman's famous "March to the Sea", and the 1865 Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on February 22, 1863, 1st Lieutenant on February 24, 1864, and was honorably mustered out in Washington, DC on June 8, 1865. When he returned from the war he took over his father's varnish business, enacted improvements, and eventually became wealthy in his own right. A staunch Republican, he entered politics, and served first on the Newark city council, then in the New Jersey State Legislature. He rose to become the Chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party, and used his influence to enact reforms. In 1901 he ran for New Jersey Governor against Democrat James M. Seymour, then the incumbent Mayor of Newark, and defeated him by 14,000 votes. He served as Governor of New Jersey from 1902 to 1905, and his administration was marked by attempts at progressive reforms such as revamped labor laws, infrastructure and roadway improvements, and mandatory primary education. Prohibited by the New Jersey Constitution from running for a second consecutive term, he returned to his business and civic life in Newark once his term in office expired. He died in Palm Beach, Florida in 1920. He along with Union Army Major General George B. McClellan were the only Civil War veterans to serve as Governor of New Jersey.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 21 Mar 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4859
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Franklin Murphy (3 Jan 1846–24 Feb 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4859, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .