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This Day in Georgia History

March 10, 1924

Tom Murphy Born

To view an image of Tom Murphy, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Lawyer and politician Tom Murphy was born in Bremen, Georgia. Murphy graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1949, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He began his political career on the Bremen Board of Education, befor being elected as a state representative in 1961. On December 19, 1973 he became Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, a post he held through the 2002 legislative session. Murphy became one of the most powerful men in Georgia politics through his many years of service, and his twenty-eight years as Speaker marks the longest tenure of any such state office in the country.