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Robert M. Murray was born in Concord, Ohio, the son of Robert and Sophrenia Murray II. The family moved to Mentor, Ohio when Robert was five years old, where he attended local public schools until age 15 then the Western Reserve Teachers’ Seminary at Kirtland, Ohio and the Willoughby Academy at Willoughby, Ohio. He attended Oberlin College but decided on a career in law.
He was admitted to the United States and Ohio bar after graduating from the Cleveland Law School. He joined the firm of Romney, Backus & Noble until 1864 when he answered the call during the Civil War for Hundred Days Men and served in 150th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company D. He returned to the practice of law until 1867.
In 1867 he joined the family banking business in Painesville, Ohio for nine years and was collector, bookkeeper and then cashier of the First National Bank of Painesville. In 1874 he became a member of the school board in Painesville for three years and subsequently was elected mayor of Painesville, serving from 1877 to 1879.
In 1879 Robert M. Murray removed to Piqua, Ohio, engaging in the manufacture of handles for agricultural implements. In 1882 he was narrowly elected as a Democrat from Ohio's third district to the Forty-eighth Congress from Ohio’s third district. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884.
After his congressional service, he resumed his former business pursuits in Piqua. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1892 and engaged in the storage business. He died Cleveland and was interred in Evergreen Cemetery, Painesville, Ohio.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Robert Maynard Murray at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-11-01
- Taylor, William A. Ohio in Congress from 1803 to 1901. Columbus, Ohio: The XX Century Publishing Company, 1900.
- History of Geauga and Lake Counties, Ohio. Philadelphia: Williams Brothers (Press of J. B. Lippencott & Co.), 1878.
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