Name:
Hubert ‘Henry’ Joseph Murphy 
Location served:
Chatham  
Years in Practice:
1865 to 1897
Area of Specialization:
General Surgery  

Biography:

Dr. Hubert “Henry” Joseph Murphy was born near Hamilton, Ontario on December 31st, 1842.   He was the son of James and Mary Ann Murphy.  His siblings included, John, Margaret, Samuel, Sarah and Isabella.   He was educated in local schools at Caledonia and Hamilton.  He taught school for one year before attending medical school at the University of Buffalo in New York. Dr. Murphy graduated M.D. in 1865. Dr. Murphy joined the Confederate Army and served as an assistant surgeon in some of the largest hospitals. After the war ended Dr. Murphy returned to Canada and he enrolled in Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Murphy graduated L.R.C.P.S.K. with honors in 1867. Dr. Murphy set up his practice on King Street West in Chatham, Ontario.

According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Murphy joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 28th of October, 1868.  He appears in the 1874-1875 Kent County Business Directory and the 1885 Ontario Business Directory and the 1896 Chatham City Directory as practicing in Chatham.  In the 1876-1877 Chatham Directory, Dr. Murphy is recorded as being the treasurer of the Chatham Medical Society, which had been organized in 1875.  According to the 1877 Chatham Directory, his home was located on Dover Street near Pitt Street.  In that same publication Dr. Murphy was listed as a coroner.

According to the 1891 census, Dr. Murphy was single and lived with his sister Sarah and his mother Mary in Chatham.

He died on the 4th of November, 1897 at the age of 54.  His funeral was conducted at St. Joseph’s Church and he was buried at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Chatham.