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David Murphy Papers
Murphy, David, circa 1769-1844
0.15 Cubic Feet
(4 folders, 2 oversize items)
Finding aid compiled by Christopher Gordon, March 2003.
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David Murphy, the son of Reverend William Murphy and Susan Barton Murphy, was born around 1769. The family lived in the Territory of the United States of America, South of the River Ohio, a territory created by Congress after the American Revolution. William Blount, governor of the Territory South of the River Ohio, appointed David an ensign of the Jefferson County, Tennessee, militia in 1793. In 1798, David along with his father and two brothers made a claim for settlement in the French territory of Upper Louisiana. They were granted land in present-day St. Francois County, Missouri. In 1800, David and his brothers returned to settle the land. They established the Murphy Settlement in what was then Ste. Genevieve County. David established and operated a tavern. James Wilkinson, governor of the Territory of Louisiana, promoted David to captain of the militia of the district of Ste. Genevieve in 1806. David later served in the War of 1812. Murphy was elected to the Missouri General Assembly in 1820 as a representative of Ste. Genevieve County. In 1822, David donated 52 acres of his land for the establishment of a town to serve as the county seat of newly organized St. Francois County, thus creating the town of Farmington, Missouri. In 1826, Murphy ran for a seat representing St. Francois County in the Missouri General Assembly but was defeated by Henry Poston. Murphy challenged the election claiming irregularities in the voting process. Poston was eventually declared the winner. Murphy regained the seat in 1828 and served another two-year term. David Murphy died in 1844.
Scope and Contents
The David Murphy Papers consist of military commissions, correspondence, a typed copy of a diary of his service in Missouri and Illinois during the War of 1812, land surveys, poll registers, and documents relating to Murphy’s challenge of the election of 1826. The bulk of the papers are related to Murphy’s military service and his challenge relating to the election of 1826.
The papers are arranged in chronological order.
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David Murphy Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis.
Contested elections -- Missouri -- St. Francois County
Missouri -- Politics and government
United States -- Armed Forces
United States -- History -- War of 1812
United States -- Politics and government
Document signed William Blount appointing David Murphy as an ensign in Jefferson County, Territory of the United States of America, South of River Ohio, militia. (1 page) 1793 May 2 1 1 Document signed John Sevier appointing David Murphy a lieutenant in the Jefferson County, Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, militia. (1 page) 1796 Oct 10 1 1 Letter signed Israel Dodge to David Murphy asking for a loan and stating that Murphy’s friend Lewis Linn is very ill. (1 page) 1803 July 27 1 1 Letter signed John Andrews to David Murphy requesting that Murphy make a count of the residents in the settlements. (1 page) 1805 Mar 23 1 1 Survey of 1072 acres of land for David Murphy in the Murphy Settlement. (1 page) 1805 Dec 18 1 1 Letter signed John T. Smith, Cannon Mines, Missouri, to David Murphy regarding the sale of livestock. (2 pages) 1806 Mar 8 1 1 Document signed G.W. Campbell to Captain John T. Smith. Printed letter detailing acts of Congress, foreign relations, and matters regarding the territories. Includes a brief report of the findings of Captain Meriwether Lewis’s exploration of the Missouri River to its source and notes that Lewis and party are expected to return in the fall of 1806. (4 pages) 1806 Apr 11 1 1 Document signed James Wilkinson appointing David Murphy captain of the militia of the district of Ste. Genevieve, Territory of Louisiana. (1 page) 1806 May 4 1 1 Letter signed Nathaniel Cook to David Murphy requesting that Murphy inquire of the clerk about his business. [date torn away] (1 page ) circa 1807 1 1 Letter signed John T. Smith to David Murphy requesting an estimate of the strength and situation of his company. (1 page) 1807 Feb 2 1 1 Notations of the discovery of lead mines on the Bourbeuse River near the Merrimac [Meramec] River and on the Merrimac [Meramec] near Calva Creek. (1 page) 1809 Sept 16 1 1 Letter signed Nat Cook to David Murphy concerning the selection of officers of the militia. (1 page) 1812 Jan 18 1 2 Letter signed Rufus Easton to David Murphy et al. List of lands confirmed. (2 pages) 1812 Aug 10 1 2 Document signed Benjamin Howard appointing Isaac Murphy an ensign of the 5th Company, 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Regiment, militia. (1 page) 1812 Nov 12 1 2 Journal of David Murphy’s service on an expedition against the Indians in Missouri and Illinois. [typed] (6 pages) 1813 Aug-Oct 1 2 Circular expressing the opinions of John Scott regarding the sale of lead mines and salt springs by the government. [Moved to Oversize] (1 page) 1816 July 22 OS: Missouri Land-Os Letter of Nat Cook to David Murphy concerning the draft of a petition request by David Murphy. (1 page) 1816 Nov 5 1 2 Letter signed Isaac Murphy to David Murphy stating that he cannot come to Ste. Genevieve County because he is busy at his job as clerk of Franklin County. (1 page) 1817 Nov 3(?) 1 2 Letter signed Isidore Moore to David Murphy regarding a political convention and the plan for county representation when Missouri is admitted to the Union. (3 pages) 1820 July 10 1 2 Letter signed Henry Millard to E. Clay plans to send copy of the Missouri constitution. Also speaks of Murphy’s chances for election to Missouri House of Representatives. (1 page) 1820 Aug 10 1 2 Printed circular, "A Bill for securing to Mechanics and others payment for their labor and unwrought materials in erecting any Houses or other Buildings, in the state of Missouri." Bill drafted by David Murphy and known as the David Murphy Bill. (4 pages) 1821 Dec 9 1 2 Printed letter of J.B.C. Lucas, St. Louis, to David Murphy regarding campaign letter appealing to voters to elect Lucas as U.S. representative for Missouri. (1 page) 1822 June 20 1 2 Letter signed Andrew S. McGirk to David Murphy introducing David Todd as candidate for governor of Missouri. (1 page) 1825 Sept 1 1 2 Letter of David Murphy to speaker of the house, Missouri House of Representatives, concerning irregularities in the election held in Perry Township, Ste. Genevieve County. (1 page) circa 1826 1 3 Deposition of election clerk in investigation of election irregularities. (1 page) 1826 Aug 1 3 Letter signed David Murphy to the House of Representatives of General Assembly of the State of Missouri concerning alleged irregularities in the race between Murphy and Poston. (2 pages) 1826 Aug 1 1 3 Poll book containing the names of 117 registered voters of the general election held at the home of Thomas Haile in Perry Township, St. Francois County. [Moved to Oversize] (1 page) 1826 Aug 7 OS: Missouri Land-Os Document signed David Murphy to Henry Poston notifying Poston that Murphy is challenging the results of Poston’s election to the Missouri House of Representatives. (1 page) 1826 Aug 22 1 3 Document signed Luther M. Kennett: Abstract and poll book of August election held in Pendleton Township. Signed by three judges and two clerks. (1 page) 1826 Sept 6 1 3 Document signed Luther M. Kennett: Abstract and poll book of August election held in Liberty Township. Signed by three judges and two clerks. (1 page) 1826 Sept 6 1 3 Document signed Luther M. Kennett: Abstract and poll book of August election held in St. Francois Township. Signed by three judges and two clerks. (1 page) 1826 Sept 6 1 3 Depositions of witnesses to August election. (8 pages) 1826 Sept 7 1 3 Letter signed George McGahan & David Evans, justices of the peace, to the speaker of the House of Representatives stating the position of David Murphy and Henry Poston regarding the election of representative for St. Francois County. (4 pages) 1826 Sept 9 1 3 Letter signed Henry Poston to David Murphy stating that he will attend court at Farmington to take depositions for his defense. (1 page) 1826 Sept 9 1 3 Document signed George McGahan & David Evans, justices of the peace, noting that David Murphy takes exception to the judgement of the justices regarding the introduction of testimony. Motion is overruled. (1 page) 1826 Sept 9 1 3 Letter signed David Murphy to Henry Poston stating five reasons why the election is being contested. (1 page) 1826 Sept 15 1 3 Document signed John McFarland: Deposition of McFarland who acted as clerk in the St. Francois Township election. (1 page) 1826 Sept 23 1 3 Deposition of witnesses to the election held in Liberty Township. (3 pages) 1826 Sept 23 1 3 Receipt for $22.50 for the St. Francois Bible Society paid to David Murphy, treasurer. (1 page) 1827 Oct 22 1 4 Letter signed W.H. Ashley to David Murphy asking Murphy to organize the Jacksonians and urge them to vote in the upcoming election. (2 pages) 1828 Oct 26 1 4 Letter signed D. Barton to Issac Barton asking that he send him a copy of the survey of the Stall Road from Cape Girardeau to Clay Court House to Washington. (1 page) 1828 Nov 11 1 4 Document signed David Murphy: States seven reasons why Murphy is opposed to a bill on credit and paper currency. (1 page) No date 1 4