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MURPHY, Thomas, clergyman, born in Randalstown, County Antrim, Ireland, 6 February, 1823. He came to the United States in 1834 and was graduated at Princeton in 1845. He subsequently completed a three years' course in the theological seminary, was licensed to preach, and ordained pastor of the Frankford Presbyterian church of Philadelphia in 1849. He was a member of the board of publication of his denomination for fourteen years, and was instrumental in originating the Sabbath-school work of that organization. In 1873, as delegate to the general assembly of the Church of Ireland, he addressed that body on the subject of " One Federate Council for all the Presbyterian Churches of the World." The resolution that was subsequently adopted by the assembly was the first in the series of public movements to this end. He has taken a conspicuous part in organizing seventeen churches, all of which, with one exception, have been successful. In 1872 Mr. Murphy received the degree of D.D. from Princeton. Besides fifteen occasional sermons he has published "A History of the Frankford Presbyterian Church" (Philadelphia, 1870); "Pastoral Theology" (1877); "Pastor and People" (1886) ; a widely circulated tract on "Duties of Church -Members" and "Sketches of Pastoral Experience," which appeared in " The Presbyterian."
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