William T. Murphy
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 3rd district
January 3, 1959 - January 3, 1971
|Morgan F. Murphy|
|Born||August 7, 1899|
|Died||January 29, 1978 (aged 78)|
Oak Lawn, Illinois
William Thomas Murphy (August 7, 1899 - January 29, 1978) of Chicago was a U.S. Representative from the 3rd congressional district of Illinois During his time in office,1959-1971, Murphy's district saw cultural and economic shifts with frequent civil rights marches and the closure of steel mills In the south of Chicago. In 1960 black minority residents made up just 20% of the population, but exceeded 40% by decade end.
Congressman Murphy joined civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr in active support of open housing, culminating in passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
William Thomas Murphy died of cancer at Chicago's Oak Park hospital. He was 78.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Emmet F. Byrne
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Morgan F. Murphy
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