Marriage Announcement

The following article is from The New York Times, published 28 Apr 1901. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.


Ex-Senator Murphy's Son and Miss McConihe Were Twice Married In Albany.

Special to The New York Times.

ALBANY, April 27.--Richard Murphy, son of ex-United States Senator Edward Murphy of Troy and Miss Elizabeth W. McConihe, sister of Judge McConihe, also of Troy, were married to-day in Albany. Two ceremonies were performed. The first by Judge M. J. Severence, Jr., in the City Court, and the second by the Right Rev. Thomas M. A. Burke, the Catholic Bishop of Albany, at the Episcopal residence. The two ceremonies were made necessary by the fact that Miss McConihe is a Protestant.

The difference in religion between the two young people has been the cause of parental opposition to the match on both sides. This opposition was of such an unyielding character that the young lovers were compelled to elope.

It was 11:20 o'clock this morning when the young couple entered the City Court Clerk's room and young Murphy, addressing himself to Judge Severence, explained his errand. Judge Severence was surprised when he learned the identity of the young people, but he consented to perform the ceremony.

He took the couple into the large courtroom, where he asked the usual questions. He then pronounced them husband and wife. Mr. Murphy gave his age as nineteen years and Miss McConihe gave hers as twenty years. The witnesses to the ceremony were City Court Marshal George Van Wormer and Lawyer William E. Woolward. Mr. Murphy's youth is said to have been another reason why his parents objected to his marrying.

Immediately after the ceremony in the City Court, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy were driven to the residence of Bishop Burke, who united them according to the rites of the Catholic Church, Mr. Murphy being a Catholic. They then went to the Hotel Ten Eucke, where they had luncheon. They took an afternoon train for New York.

Ex-Senator Murphy, the father of the young bridegroom, is now in California. The attachment between young Murphy, who has not yet been graduated from college, and Miss McConihe has been known to their parents for some time. Another son of Senator Murphy's, Capt. Edward Murphy, married a niece of Bradley Martin of New York.

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