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Alfred Paul Murrah (October 27, 1904–October 30, 1975) was an American attorney and judge. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which was named after him, was destroyed in the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing.

Born in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Murrah ran away from home at the age of 13, riding freight trains until he was dropped in the community of Tuttle, Oklahoma. A local family took him in and housed him, in exchange for labor on their farm. Murrah worked his way through high school and college, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He earned his LL.B. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1928.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Murrah to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Northern District of Oklahoma, and Eastern District of Oklahoma, on February 8, 1937. Confirmed by the Senate on February 25, 1937, he received commission on March 3, 1937, becoming at the age of 32 one of the youngest federal judges in history.

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