Thomas Murray (Canadian politician)

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Thomas Murray
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Pontiac
In office
Preceded by William Joseph Poupore
Succeeded by Gerald Brabazon
In office
Preceded by John Bryson
Succeeded by John Bryson
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by William Balmer McAllister
Succeeded by Arunah Dunlop
In office
Preceded by Thomas Deacon
Succeeded by William Balmer McAllister
In office
Preceded by John Supple
Succeeded by Thomas Deacon
Constituency Renfrew North
Personal details
Born (1836-01-18)January 18, 1836
Goulbourn Township, Ontario
Died July 29, 1915(1915-07-29) (aged 79)
Pembroke, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Jane Copeland(m. 1855), Emma Alice Foran (m. 1901)
Occupation Businessman

Thomas Murray (January 18, 1836 – July 29, 1915) was a businessman and political figure in the Ottawa Valley. He represented Renfrew North in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1870 to 1871, from 1879 to 1882 and from 1883 to 1890 and Pontiac in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member in 1891 and 1892 and from 1900 to 1904.[1]

He was born in Goulbourn Township in 1836,[1] the son of James Murray, an Irish immigrant,[2] and Elizabeth Burrows.[3] He was a merchant in Ottawa and then Pembroke, trading in lumber and furs.[2] He served on the town council for Pembroke and also served as reeve.[1] He was elected to the 1st Parliament of Ontario after the death of John Supple; he was defeated in the election that followed in 1871 but elected again in 1879.[4] He resigned his seat in the provincial parliament in 1882 to run unsuccessfully for a seat in the federal parliament; he was reelected in 1883. His younger brother William represented Renfrew North in the House of Commons.[1] In 1884, Thomas and William registered a claim on a nickel deposit near Sudbury which became the Murray Mine, the first nickel mine established in the area.[5]

Murray was married twice: to Jane Copeland in 1855 and to Emma Alice Foran in 1901. He died in Pembroke at the age of 79.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas Murray – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ a b Rose, George McLean (1886). A Cyclopæedia of Canadian biography being chiefly men of the time ... pp. 761–2. 
  3. ^ a b Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  4. ^ Member's parliamentary history for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  5. ^ Nickel:Canadian Tributes

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