William Murray (Canadian politician)

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William Murray
Source: Library and Archives Canada.
Member of Parliament for Renfrew North
In office
Preceded by Peter White
Succeeded by Peter White
Personal details
Born June 17, 1839
Goulbourn Township, Ontario
Died July 15, 1898
Political party Liberal
Residence Pembroke
Religion Roman Catholic

William Murray (June 17, 1839 – July 15, 1898) was an Ontario businessman and political figure. He represented Renfrew North in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1874 to 1875.[1]

He was born in Goulbourn Township in 1839,[1] the son of James Murray, an Irish immigrant,[2] and Elizabeth Burrows, and was educated in Goulbourn Township.[3] He entered business with his older brother Thomas in Pembroke.[2] In 1864, he married Margaret Mary Foran.[3] He was declared elected in 1874 after Peter White's election was appealed. In 1876, Murray was unseated and White won the subsequent by-election.[1] In 1884, Thomas and William registered a claim on a nickel deposit near Sudbury which later became the Murray Mine, the first nickel mine established in the area.[4] He died in Pembroke at the age of 59.[3]


  1. ^ a b c William Murray (Canadian politician) – 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 c Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada. 
  4. ^ Nickel:Canadian Tributes