Interview with Harold Murphy, December 15, 2008

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Harold 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.






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Harold Murphy and Bob Short, “Interview with Harold Murphy, December 15, 2008,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed December 7, 2022,