Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in History (MA)
Patrick G. Williams
Daniel E. Sutherland
Second Committee Member
Michael C. Pierce
19th Century, Arkansas, Biography, Unionism, Unionist
The gubernatorial administration of Isaac Murphy from 1864-1868, as Arkansas began emerging from the Civil War into Reconstruction, has had a thorough, if dated, examination in Arkansas historiography. However, Murphy’s life and pre-gubernatorial career, including his early political activities—being the first treasurer of Washington County, Arkansas (1836-1838), serving three terms in the Arkansas General Assembly (two in the House, 1846-1849, and one in the Senate, 1856-1857), and the totality of his action during both sessions of Arkansas’s Secession Convention (1861)—have been largely neglected. This thesis will additionally provide a biographical interpretation of Murphy necessary to fully understand his political actions—his life, personality, his much-vaunted sense of morality, and how his experiences informed his politics and decisions.
Todd, Keith Joshua Lee, "Forging with Embers: The Life and Pre-gubernatorial Career of Isaac Murphy, 1799-1864" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 3065.