The political and diplomatic career of William Vans Murray

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1957

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William Vans Murray, a prominent Federalist politician during the formative period of the United States, has been largely overlooked by present day historians. Borm in Dorchester County, Maryland, in 176O, he was educated both in this country and in England, vhere he studied at the Middle Temple. While a student he traveled widely both in England and on the continent. Shortly after his return to Maryland in 1787, Murray was elected a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served ably but without distinction until 1791. During this period he married a sweetheart of his student days in London, Miss Charlotte Hughlns. Murray was admitted to the bar in Dorchester County in 1791, and soon afterward was elected a member of the Second Congress of the United States. As a member of the House of Representatives, Murray was active in presenting legislation and in working on matters of patronage. His advice was sought by many of the more famous men of his party. His intense loyalty to the principles of the Federalist party made him a most valuable man, and his name deserves a high rating as a politician. [...]

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