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Clyde Francis Murphy

(1899- )

"Clyde Francis Murphy was born on 3 Oct. 1899 in Great Falls, Mont. He grew up in Great Falls and then moved to Anaconda in 1911. Murphy graduated from high school in Anaconda and then joined the U.S. Navy in 1917, serving in the hospital corps. In the course of his transport duties he crossed the Atlantic nine times. He was honorably discharged in Sept. 1919. He then enrolled at Montana State University (now the University of Montana at Missoula) and received his law degree in 1923. He was admitted to the Montana bar that same year. He married Kathryn Donohue of Missoula and the couple moved to California. He practiced law in Hollywood for seventeen years at the firm of Page, Nolan, Rohe & Hurt as a trial lawyer. In 1939 he retired to write. As a writer, Murphy is best known for his book, The Glittering Hill, a fictional history about Irish copper miners in Butte, Mont., in the 1890s. He also wrote poetry, and was working on a second book about mining life in Helena when he died." [Bio/History, Clyde F. Murphy Papers, Mansfield Library, University of Montana][See also: Bench and Bar of California 85 (1899)]


Clyde F. Murphy, The Glittering Hill (New York: E.P. Dutton & Co 1944)(Cleveland: World, 1944)(New York: E. P. Dutton, 1946)