Shelby County

Gen. James Murray



Gen. James Murray

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 326

     Perhaps the foremost lawyer of this group was Gen. James Murray, whose parents came to Cincinnati in 1834 from Scotland, where he was born four years before with. Scotch Presbyterianism incorporated in every fiber of his being. The Murrays came to Sidney in 1836, James was educated in Mr. McGookin's academy, studied law with Judge Conklin, was admitted to the bar at nineteen years of age and went into a law firm at Perrysburg. He served two terms as attorney general of the state, first elected in 1860, and was then made general attorney of the D. & M. railway.
     He moved to Sidney in 1863, established a partnership with Colonel Wilson and died June 15, 1879. He married Miranda Hamilton of Somers, Conn., August 30, 1858, and left two children, James and Kate. James Murray had a peculiar legal mind; his memory was prodigious; an intense student, he possessed the finest law library in this part of the state; his English was classic, never embellished with rhetorical nights. In him centered many paradoxes of human nature. Argumentative and logical as he was his aesthetic tastes were of a high order. He loved the dry details of the law, yet reveled in the realm of poetry; a warm friend though apparently cold. A lawyer whose opinions were sought for far and wide his practice being confined almost entirely to the higher courts.

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