MURCH, Thompson Henry, (1838 - 1886)

MURCH, Thompson Henry, a Representative from Maine; born in Hampden, Penobscot County, Maine, March 29, 1838; attended the common schools; passed his early life at sea; learned the stonecutter’s trade and engaged in that occupation for eighteen years; became editor and publisher of the Granite Cutters’ International Journal in 1877; secretary of the Granite Cutters’ International Association of American in 1877 and 1878; elected as a Greenback candidate to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; engaged in mercantile pursuits; died in Danvers, Mass., December 15, 1886; interment in Hampden Cemetery, Hampden, Maine.