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date: 25 January 2020

Murray, Henry Alexander, Jr.locked

(13 May 1893–23 June 1988)
  • Eugene Taylor

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Murray, Henry Alexander, Jr. (13 May 1893–23 June 1988), biochemist, clinical psychologist, and Melville scholar, was born in New York City, the son of Henry Alexander Murray, Sr., a Scotsman who rose from impoverished circumstances to become a successful investor, and Fannie Morris Babcock, a New York socialite and daughter of eminent financier Samuel Denison Babcock, the founder of the Guaranty Trust Company. Spending the school year in Manhattan and summers on Long Island, Murray grew up in quiet and well-to-do circumstances as the middle of three children. The only apparent anomalies of his youth were an inordinate attachment to his mother, a mild stutter, and strabismus, or slight crossing of the eyes, a condition only partially corrected through a dramatic and somewhat spontaneous operation by a physician on the family dining room table while he was still a boy....

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