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Murphey, Archibald Debowlocked

(01 January 1777?–01 February 1832)
  • George W. Houston


Murphey, Archibald Debow (01 January 1777?–01 February 1832), lawyer and North Carolina state senator, was born in Caswell County in north-central North Carolina, one of the seven children of Archibald Murphey, an army officer and county clerk, and Jane Debow. Murphey attended David Caldwell’s academy in Guilford County, then entered the University of North Carolina, from which he graduated with highest distinction in 1799. He taught at the university for two years while studying law, and in 1801 he established a law practice in Hillsborough, the county seat of Orange County. In that same year he married Jane Armistead Scott. They had five children, the last born in 1812....

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