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					                    Thomas B. Murphy Scholarship

North Georgia
   College &
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-
                                          eight years.

                                 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
 that day.

       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
 Pittman Roberts.

                                                         NGCSU Foundation, Inc.
                                                             P O Box 1599
                                                          Dahlonega, GA 30533

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