John Michael Murphy (1926 - ) served as a U.S. Representative from New York.
Born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., August 3, 1926; educated in public schools of New York City, La Salle Military Academy, Oakdale, L.I., Amherst (Mass.) College, and the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; enlisted as a private in the Army in August 1944, promoted to corporal in September 1944, and commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1945; appointed to West Point in July 1946 and graduated in June 1950; went to Korea and served as platoon leader, company commander, and intelligence officer in the Ninth Infantry Regiment; promoted to first lieutenant in October 1950, to captain in October 1953, and was discharged in July 1956; awarded Distinguished Service Cross and the Bronze Star with V and Oak Leaf Cluster; general manager, contract carrier of Staten Island, 1956-1962; president, Cleveland General Transport Co., Inc.; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1964, 1968, and 1976; delegate, New York State Constitutional convention, 1967; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1981); chairman, Select Committee on the Outer Continental Shelf (Ad Hoc) (Ninety-fourth through Ninety-sixth Congresses), Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; investor and developer of biotechnology and high technology companies; is a resident of Staten Island, N.Y. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; indicted June 18 and convicted December 3, 1980, of conspiracy, conflict of interest, and accepting an illegal gratuity; sentenced to three years in prison and fined $20,000; paroled in 1985. Still living as of 1998. Murphy was implicated in the Abscam Federal bribery sting. Convicted of conspiracy, conflict of interest, and accepting an illegal gratuity, he was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $20,000.