Edmund Murney

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Edmund Fuller Murney (November 11, 1812 – August 15, 1861) was a lawyer and political figure in Upper Canada. He represented Hastings in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada from 1836 to 1841 and in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1842 to 1848 and from 1852 to 1856 as a Conservative member.

He was born in Kingston, Upper Canada, the son of Henry Murney. He was educated at Upper Canada College, studied law with Marshall Spring Bidwell and set up practice in Belleville. Murney served as a major in the militia and was a clerk of the peace for the Victoria District.[1] He was defeated by Robert Baldwin when he ran for reelection in 1841 to the new assembly for the Province of Canada. Murney defeated Baldwin in 1842 after Baldwin was named to cabinet and so forced to run for reelection.[2] In 1856, he resigned his seat in the assembly and was elected to the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada,[3] serving until his death[4] in Belleville at the age of 48.[1]


  1. ^ a b Becoming Prominent: Leadership in Upper Canada, 1791-1841, J.K. Johnson (1989)
  2. ^ Moodie, Susanna; Ballstadt,Carl; Hopkins, Elizabeth; Peterman, Michael (1993). Letters of a lifetime. University of Toronto. p. 87. ISBN 0-8020-7199-6.
  3. ^ Poole, Thomas W (1867). A sketch of the early settlement and subsequent progress of the town of Peterborough and of each township in the county of Peterborough. p. 71.
  4. ^ Morgan, Henry James (1862). Sketches of celebrated Canadians: and persons connected with Canada, from the earliest period in the history of the province down to the present time. p. 629.