Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 060 Harold MurphyReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 060 Harold Murphy

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 060 Harold Murphy

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 060 Harold Murphy
Creator Murphy, Harold Lloyd, 1927-
Dates 2008 December 15
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractHarold Lloyd Murphy was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1950 and served until 1961. He also served as an assistant state solicitor general of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit in 1956. From 1971 to 1977, he served as a superior court judge for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter nominated him as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In this interview Murphy discusses his early life and education, his career before being appointed to a federal judgeship, the federal court system, and his cousin Tom Murphy who was an influential Speaker of the House in Georgia. Murphy also discusses several famous cases he was involved with, including Knight v. Alabama (regarding discrimination in all the public universities in Alabama), the Georgia Voter ID case, U.S. v. Thevis (regarding racketeering), and the Tri-State Crematory case.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 060, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Harold Lloyd Murphy was born in Felton, Georgia, in 1927. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of West Georgia, earning his law degree from the University of Georgia. He first practiced law in Buchanon, Georgia, and then in Tallapoosa, Georgia. In 1950, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, and served until 1961. He also served as an assistant state solicitor general of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit in 1956. From 1971 to 1977, he served as a superior court judge for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter nominated him as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He has presided over numerous high-profile cases and rulings, including Knight v. Alabama (regarding segregation in Alabama’s historically black colleges and universities), Georgia Voter ID cases, and the Tri-State Crematory case.


Scope and Content

Harold Murphy discusses growing up in Haralson County, Georgia, and his education at West Georgia and University of Georgia Law School.

Murphy recalls being elected to the Georgia House of Representatives from Haralson County in 1950. He discusses his service in the legislature from 1950 to 1960. Murphy recalls serving under Governors Talmadge, Griffin, and Vandiver. Murphy discusses his cousin Tom Murphy, the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1973 to 2002. Harold Murphy explains that he never intended to be a judge and discusses his appointment by Jimmy Carter.

Murphy discusses several famous cases he was involved with, including Knight v. Alabama (regarding discrimination in all the public universities in Alabama), the Georgia Voter ID case, U.S. v. Thevis (regarding racketeering), and the Tri-State Crematory case. Murphy discusses the United States federal sentencing guidelines, Georgia's indigent defense system, striking jurors, and challenges of being a judge.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection 092 McCracken Poston


Access Points

Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Griffin, S. Marvin, 1907-1982.
Judges--Georgia.
Judges--Selection and appointment--United States.
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.
University of Georgia. School of Law.
Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 060 Harold Murphy video ( 64.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 060 Harold Murphy transcript VIEW ONLINE