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A childhood photo of Bartholomew and Nellie Murphy’s three children – from L to R, Bartholomew Jr., Thomas and Eileen.

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Bartholomew and Nellie Murphy settled on the West Side of Chicago in the Garfield Park neighborhood. The archbishop’s father pursued a career as a life insurance sales professional. He also made it a priority to help other men and women who emigrated from Ireland get settled upon their arrival in Chicago. Bartholomew and Nellie were blessed with three children – Bartholomew Jr., Thomas and Eileen. Thomas J. Murphy was born on October 3, 1932.

Click here to view a video of the Very Reverend George L. Thomas, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Seattle, describing the city of Chicago and how Archbishop Murphy once provided a humorous anecdote on what it meant to have an Irish temper.

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