MURPHY, EDWARD F. (15 July 1891-7 Mar. 1950), president of Teamsters Local 407 and policymaker in the
Murphy helped found Teamsters Joint Council 41 to coordinate the 7 Teamster locals in the area. He also became general organizer for the International (1931). Under Murphy, the
Because of his integrity and union power, Murphy was important in the Cleveland Fed. of Labor. Seeing that the dominance of the building trades in the federation threatened its stability, he challenged their leadership. A truce was executed, and in 1939 Murphy resign his Teamster duties to work full-time for the CFL, holding the balance of power. Injured in an auto accident, Murphy cut back his activities.
Murphy married Mae O'Connel on 27 Nov. 1913. They had three children: Mary, Edward, and Joseph. When he died, his local erected a monument for him at