William Owen Murray, Jr

William Owen Murray, Jr

Birth
Floresville, Wilson County, Texas, USA
Death 1974 (aged 83–84)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 112826103 · View Source
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MURRAY, WILLIAM OWEN (1890–1974). William Owen Murray, lawyer and judge, son of William O. and Ella (Peacock) Murray, was born on April 11, 1890, in Floresville, Texas. He began his legal and political career in Wilson County, where he was elected county judge in 1914, just before graduating from the University of Texas law school. He had previously attended West Texas Military Academy in San Antonio.

Murray was in public office for more than fifty years, with only a two-year (1917–19) interruption for World War I service as a field artillery captain in the Thirty-sixth Divisionqv. He was elected district attorney of the Eighty-first Judicial District in 1920 and district judge in 1926. In 1932 he was elected to the Fourth Court of Civil Appeals at San Antonio, where he served continuously for thirty-three years, part of the time as chief justice. During his long career as an appellate judge, he wrote 1,564 opinions, plus fifty-six dissenting and concurring opinions. One of his best-known decisions (1959) favored the right of cities in dry counties to decide by election whether to remain dry-the right of "local option" (see PROHIBITION MOVEMENT).

Murray was married to Louise Green; they had five children. He was a Mason and a Presbyterian. He died on February 18, 1974, in San Antonio and was buried in Sunset Memorial Park in that city.


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  • Created by: Linda Owens
  • Added: 24 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 112826103
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Owen Murray, Jr (1890–1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 112826103, citing Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Linda Owens (contributor 48114440) .