Biography of William H. Murray
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Murray, William H., was born in the city of Hornellsville, July 26, 1854. John F. Murray, the father of William, was a native of Ireland and came to this city about 1851 at the building of the Erie Railway. He was formerly a resident of Massachusetts and came with the contractors who were building the railroad, and was the superintendent of pile driving for all bridges between here and Attica. He died December 8, 1868. William was the eldest of a family of eight children. His advantages of securing an education were limited, but he attended the city schools and the parochial school. The death of his father placed the burden of the support of the large family on him, and at the age of fifteen he went on the railroad, rapidly rising in the shops and yard, becoming yard master, which position he occupied for three years. January 1, 1883, he was appointed deputy sheriff under Sheriff Page, which he occupied for six years, being reappointed by Baldwin. In 1888 and 1891 he was the Democratic nominee for sheriff of Steuben county. On the erection of the city of Hornellsville, March 1, 1889, he was appointed chief of police, which office he resigned to accept the position of postmaster, to which he was appointed by President Cleveland October 1, 1894, and which position he still holds. Mr. Murray was one of the founders of the Fire Department of this city. was for several terms its chief engineer, and is still on the active roll of his company. He was married in 1876 to Miss Catherine Magnor of this city. They have five children.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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