Jack M. Murphy
32nd Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
In office
January 2, 1967 – January 6, 1975
GovernorDon Samuelson
Cecil Andrus
Preceded byW. E. Drevlow
Succeeded byJohn Evans
Personal details
Born(1925-09-06)September 6, 1925
Shoshone, Idaho
DiedMay 3, 1984(1984-05-03) (aged 58)
Shoshone, Idaho
Resting placeShoshone Cemetery, Shoshone, Idaho
Alma materUniversity of Utah
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUS Department of the Army Seal.png U.S. Army
RankArmy-USA-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Battles/warsWorld War II

Jack Medd Murphy (September 6, 1925 – May 3, 1984) was an American lawyer and politician from Idaho. Murphy is a former Republican 32nd lieutenant governor of Idaho for eight years, from 1967 to 1975.

Early life and Career[edit]

On September 6, 1925, Murphy was born in Idaho.[1]

In military, Murphy served in the United States Army during World War II as a Sergeant.[2]

In the 1950s, Murphy became a lawyer in Lincoln County, Idaho. In 1952, Murphy's political career began when he was elected to the Idaho state senate. In 1953, Murphy served in Idaho state senate, until 1954. In 1957, Murphy served in Idaho state senate, until 1966.[3][4]

On November 8, 1966, Murphy won the election and became a Republican lieutenant governor of Idaho. Murphy defeated William E. Drevlow with 52.21% of the votes. In 1967, Murphy served during the administration of Republican Governor Don Samuelson.[5][6][7][8][1]

On November 3, 1970, as an incumbent, Murphy won the election and continued serving as the lieutenant governor of Idaho. Murphy defeated Paul S. Boyd and Wallace Hitt with 56.73% of the votes. Governor Samuelson was defeated by Democrat Cecil Andrus.[9][6][10]

Murphy was the Republican nominee for governor in 1974, but was soundly defeated by Andrus.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Murphy and his family lived in Shoshone, Idaho. Murphy has four children.[3][1]

On May 3, 1984, Murphy died from heart failure in Shoshone, Idaho. Murphy is interred at Shoshone Cemetery in Shoshone, Idaho.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Murphy, Jack M." ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Ward, Maureen. "Shoshone Cemetery H-P, Lincoln County, ID". usgwarchives.net. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Crump, Steve (June 4, 2010). "You Didn't Know Jack". magicvalley.com. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  4. ^ Crump, Steve (March 4, 2011). "The friends of former Idaho Senator Jim McClure". magicvalley.com. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "ID Lt. Governor". ourcampaigns.com. November 8, 1966. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Idaho State Governors". genealogytrails.com. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "Andrus wins with record margin". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 6, 1974. p. 1.
  8. ^ "Lieutenant Governors of Idaho, 1890-2009". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "ID Lt. Governor". ourcampaigns.com. November 3, 1977. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "Andrus leads Democrats to big Idaho win". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 6, 1974. p. 9.
  11. ^ "The people voted a series of contradictions". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 7, 1974. p. 1.

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Political offices
Preceded by
W. E. Drevlow
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
January 2, 1967–January 6, 1975
Succeeded by
John V. Evans
Party political offices
Preceded by
Don Samuelson
Republican Party nominee, Governor of Idaho
1974 (lost)
Succeeded by
Allan Larsen