Murray, James Edward
- Robert T. Bruns
Murray, James Edward (03 May 1876–23 March 1961), lawyer and U.S. senator, was born near St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, the son of Andrew James Murray, a farmer and railroad employee, and Anna Mary Cooley. When James was five, his father moved the family from their farm into St. Thomas, where he began working for the Michigan Central Railroad, and James enrolled in a parochial school. When James was still a child his father died, leaving the care of the family to the boy’s uncle, James A. Murray, who lived in Butte, Montana. A former prospector, Murray’s uncle at the time was a wealthy mine owner, and he saw to it that Murray was educated and employed. Murray attended St. Jerome’s College in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. There is conflicting evidence as to whether he graduated in 1895 or 1897....