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Francis Murphy Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.2 M95

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Letters received by Murphy, a temperance reformer in Pittsburgh, Pa., inviting him to speak and to organize campaigns of "gospel temperance" in Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Includes an "Outline of Program for Conduct of Francis Murphy's Gospel Temperance Meetings."


  • Creation: 1886-1898


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Biographical Information:

Francis Murphy (1836-1907) was an American temperance evangelist, born in Wexford, Ireland. He served in the Federal army during the Civil War. Beginning in 1870 at Portsmouth, N. H., he started temperance reform clubs throughout that State, and was their first president. His headquarters were in Pittsburgh, Pa., and after his first address there in 1876, 45,000 people signed the pledge. He labored also in Britain, and was chaplain in the Spanish-American War. During the course of his temperance labors in America and abroad Murphy is said to have induced 10,000,000 people to sign the pledge. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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