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Frank Murphy

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Frank Murphy
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Appointed by:   Franklin D. Roosevelt
Active:   1/16/1940-7/19/1949
Preceded by:   Pierce Butler
Succeeded by:   Tom Clark
Past post:   United States Attorney General
Past term:   1939-1940
Personal History
Born:   April 13, 1890
Hometown:   Michigan
Deceased:   July 19, 1949
Undergraduate:   University of Michigan, 1912
Law School:   University of Michigan Law School, 1914

Frank Murphy (1890-1949) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President Franklin Roosevelt on January 4, 1940, to replace Justice Pierce Butler. Murphy was confirmed by the Senate on January 16, 1940, and received commission on January 18, 1940. He served on this court until his death on July 19, 1949.[1][2]

Murphy was one of nine justices appointed to the Supreme Court by President Roosevelt. He served during The Hughes Court, The Stone Court and The Vinson Court.[3]


Murphy received an A.B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1912 and a LL.B. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1914.[1]

Military service

Murphy was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, serving from 1917 to 1919.[1]

Professional career

  • 1939-1940: United States Attorney General
  • 1937-1938: Governor of Michigan
  • 1933-1936: Governor General and High Commissioner, Philippine Islands
  • 1930-1933: Mayor of Detroit
  • 1923-1930: Judge, Recorder's Court, Michigan
  • 1922-1927: Professor of Law, University of Detroit
  • 1922-1923: Attorney in private practice, Detroit, Michigan
  • 1919-1922: Chief Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan
  • 1920: Candidate for the United States House of Representatives
  • 1914-1917: Attorney in private practice, Detroit, Michigan[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Murphy was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 18, 1940. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on February 5, 1940. He served until his death, on July 19, 1949.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Pierce Butler
Supreme Court
Succeeded by:
Tom Clark