Anthony MurphySuperintendent of Motive Power Western and Atlantic Railroad
Anthony Murphy was born in county Wicklow, Ireland, in 1829 and emigrated to the United States in 1838. Murphy’s family settled first in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
He went to Trenton, New Jersey, when he was 18 years old and apprenticed to the machinists’ trade. After three years, he moved to Piermont, New York, where he worked in Erie railroad shops for a year. He then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Murphy moved to Atlanta in the 1850s and worked as the superintendent of motive power for the Western & Atlantic Railroad.
He was to the Atlanta City Council in 1866 and was re-elected twice. He advocated for a waterworks system for the city and also for the building of the Georgia Air Line, later known as the Richmond & Danville.
He died on December 28, 1909.