Isaac Murphy - Huntsville Memorial Park - Huntsville Arkansas
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N 36° 05.257 W 093° 44.197
15S E 433683 N 3993917
Quick Description: This is one of two Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission signs posted inside Huntsville's Memorial Park.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 10/4/2014 4:52:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMMKM9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member arkansas stickerdude
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Long Description:
ISAAC MURPHY

Isaac Murphy was born Oct. 16, 1799, in

Pennsylvania. A teacher and lawyer, he moved

to Fayetteville in 1834 and became involved in

politics. Murphy took part in the 1849 Gold

Rush, but lost his farm to creditors. He, his

wife and daughters moved to Huntsville in 1854.

Murphy was elected to the February 1861 convention

to consider secession, which declined to leave

the Union. It reconvened in April after Ft.

Sumter was attacked, and all but five members

voted for secession. Four of them changed their

votes. Murphy alone stood against disunion.

(continued on other side)

After the 1861 secession convention, Isaac Murphy

returned to Huntsville, receiving many death

threats. He fled to the Union army that invaded

Arkansas in early 1862, and accompanied the U.S.

troops that took Little Rock Sept. 10, 1863.

Murphy was named provisional governor in early

1864, and inaugurated to the post April 18, 1864.

The staunch Unionist served until 1868, through

the early stages of Reconstruction. He lived in

Huntsville until his death on Sept. 8, 1882. Gov.

Orval Faubus built his house on Murphy's home

site near her in 1964.

ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION

CITY OF HUNTSVILLE

NO. 53 ARKANSAS NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL 2013
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