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MURPHY, Edward, Canadian reformer, born in County Carlow, Ireland, 26 May, 1818. He came to Canada with his parents in 1824, and settled in Montreal, where he has been for many years engaged in mercanthe pursuits. In 1840 he aided in establishing in Montreal the earliest Irish Roman Catholic temperance society in Canada, and has been ever since one of the chief advocates of total abstinence in the Dominion. He was commissioner of the census for Montreal in 1861, director of the city and district savings bank in 1862-'76, and its president in 1877-'86. In 1879 he was appointed harbor commissioner, and in 1882 he became chevalier of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He has taken an active part in the transactions of the natural history and the numismatic and antiquarian societies of Montreal, and is governor of the Montreal general hospital and of Notre Dame hospital. He is also a Roman Catholic school commissioner for Montreal, and founded the Edward Murphy annual prize for the encouragement of commercial education in that city.
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