Murphy served as a noncommissioned officer with the 1st New York Cavalry on the Mexican border during the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916. During World War I, he was a sergeant with the 104th Machine Gun Battalion, 27th Division, and served in France and Belgium.
After the war, Murphy engaged in the import and export shipping business in New York City.
Murphy served on the New York City Council from 1954 to 1957.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Ellsworth B. Buck
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
| New York City Council, 17th District