Thomas B. Murphy Scholarship
State University Thomas B. Murphy, a native of Bremen, Georgia,
was a 1943 graduate of North Georgia College. From 1943
to 1946, he served in the United States Navy and was
stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.
Discharged in 1946, he returned to Bremen where he
married Agnes June Bennett. They moved to Athens,
Georgia where he attended the University of Georgia Law
School. After law school, he moved back to Bremen and
joined his brother to open the law firm of Murphy &
Murphy. Mr. Murphy ran and was elected to the Georgia
House of Representatives in 1961. In 1974, he was elected as
Speaker of the House and held the position for twenty-
While serving as Speaker of the House, Murphy was
always loyal to his alma mater by helping pass legislation that would benefit North
In May, 2003, he was awarded the third-only honorary degree from North
Georgia, the Doctorate of Political Science. He also gave the Commencement address
His strong values of compassion for the average citizen and fiscal conservatism
provided a sound foundation for the future of Georgia. He has four children, Michael,
Martha, Lynn, and Mary. He also has five grandchildren, David McBrayer, Chad
Long, Holly Long, Lauren Murphy, and Lyndsey McAdams.
The Thomas B. Murphy Scholarship provides scholarships for members of the
NGCSU Corps of Cadets.
Information for this biography was taken from Georgia’s Best Kept Secret: A History of North Georgia College, by William
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