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Joseph Richard Murphy (September 10, 1880 – October 16, 1944) was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Halifax South in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1940 to 1944. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.[1]

Murphy was born in 1880 at Halifax, Nova Scotia.[2] He was educated at Ampleforth College, England.[2] He married Marcelle Grace Butler in 1906, and was a wholesale dry goods and clothing manufacturer by career.[2] Murphy entered provincial politics on October 28, 1940, winning a byelection for the Halifax South riding by acclamation.[1] He was re-elected in the 1941 election.[3] Smith died in office on October 16, 1944.[2]

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