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John Martin Murtagh, American judge. Recipient Silver Key award National Council on Alcholism, 1917.


Murtagh, John Martin was born on February 26, 1911 in New York City. Son of Thomas P. and Mary (Mee) Murtagh.


Bachelor of Arts cum laude, College City New York, 1931. Juris Doctor, Harvard, 1934. Doctor of Laws, Le Moyne College, 1956.


Admitted to New York bar, 1935. Assistant attorney general State New York, 1938-1941. Special assistant to attorney general United States, 1941-1942.

Commissioner investigation City New York, 1946-1950, chief city magistrate, 1950-1960. Chief justice Court Special Sessions, New York City, 1960-1962. Administrative judge Criminal Court, City New York, 1962-1966.

Justice Supreme Court New York State, 1966-1972. Designated to preside over extraordinary special and trial term parts Supreme Court State New York in 5 counties City New York, 1972-1976. Professor law Fordham University Law School.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with Sara Harris) Cast the First Stone, 1957, Who Live in Shadow, 1959.


Member Judicial Conference State New York, 1962-1966. Advisory council President’s Associates of Pace College. Served from Lieutenant lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, World World War World War II.

Member American, New York State bar associations, Association Bar City New York, New York County Lawyers Association, American Judicature Society, Alumni Association College City New York (director, president 1967-1969), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Mary B. Maguire, October 25, 1947. Children: Joan, Thomas, Maeve, John Martin.

Thomas P. Murtagh

Mary (Mee) Murtagh

Mary B. Maguire

Joan Murtagh

Thomas Murtagh

Maeve Murtagh

John Martin Murtagh