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William MURRAY

(1803-1875)

MURRAY, William, (brother of Ambrose Spencer Murray), a Representative from New York; born near Middletown, Orange County, N.Y., October 1, 1803; attended the common schools; employed as a clerk in mercantile establishments in Middletown, N.Y., and later in New York City; subsequently engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to Goshen, Orange County, N.Y., in 1841; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); engaged in agricultural pursuits; was instrumental in the organization of the Republican Party in 1856 and was afterward affiliated therewith; president of the Goshen Bank from 1857 until his death in Goshen, N.Y., August 25, 1875; interment in St. James’ Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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