Frank Murphy Birthplace

142 S. Huron St., Harbor Beach, Michigan


Street View 


A two sided Michigan Historical Marker here reads: Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy was Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1940 until his death in 1949. His earlier career included service as a Judge of the Detroit Recorders Court and instructor in law at the University of Detroit in the twenties. In the following decade he was mayor of Detroit, U.S. Governor-General in the Philippines, Governor of Michigan, and Attorney General of the United States. Governor Murphy's stand during the 1937 sit-down strike received national attention when he refused to send troops to remove workers from the factories. As an Associate Justice, Murphy wrote many of the Court's opinions concerning civil liberties. In Thornhill v. Alabama (1940), Murphy clarified labor's right to strike, holding that peaceful picketing was a manifestation of freedom of speech. Murphy died on July 19, 1949, and is buried at Harbor Beach.

Side 2:

1890-Born, Harbor Beach, on April 13. 1914-Graduated from University of Michigan Law School. 1917-19-Army officer, World War I, service in Germany. 1919-Law studies, London and Dublin. 1920-23-First Assistant U.S. District Attorney, Eastern Michigan District. 1922-27-Law instructor, University of Detroit. 1923-30-Recorders Court Judge, Detroit. 1930-33-Mayor of Detroit. 1933-36-Governor-General, Philippine Islands. After the islands achieved commonwealth status, he became U.S. High Commissioner. 1937-38-Governor of Michigan. 1939-40-Attorney General of the U.S. 1940-49-U.S. Supreme Court Justice. 1949-Died at Detroit, on July 19. Buried in Rock Falls Cemetery, Harbor Beach.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1971
Reference number
NR name
Murphy, Frank, Birthplace
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Professional; Single dwelling
Current functions
Museum; Specialty store
Period of significance

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2012: New Street View added by Rattrak