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Dennis Murphree

Dennis Murphree (January 6, 1886 - February 9, 1949) was a Mississippi politican. He was twice elected to the lieutenant governorship, once in 1923 and again in 1939. In late 1927, he became governor after the death of incumbent Henry L. Whitfield and served for around a month until Theodore G. Bilbo, who defeated Murphree in the Democratic Party primary by 10,000 votes, was sworn the following January. With the death of Gov. Paul B. Johnson, Sr in 1943, Murphree again became governor and finished the year left in Johnson's term.