USMA Class of 1874. Cullum No. 2510.
United States Army General. He graduated from West Point in 1874 and was first in his class at the Artillery School in 1880. He served on the West Point faculty, was assigned to the Judge Advocate’s office for the Department of the Missouri in 1887 and later the Judge Advocate’s office for the Department of the Dakota. He studied law in these postings and was admitted to the bar in 1893. During the Spanish-American War he oversaw construction of Fort Hancock, New Jersey and was then Judge Advocate for First Corps in Cuba and head of civil government for Matanzas and Santa Clara provinces. He commanded the 43rd United States Volunteer Infantry during the Philippine Insurrection, afterwards assuming command of the School of Submarine Defense. In 1906, he was promoted to Brigadier General as Chief of Artillery. When the Coast Artillery was organized in 1908, Murray became Chief, serving until 1911. From 1911 until retiring in 1915 he commanded the Western Department as a Major General. He was recalled to active duty for World War I and again commanded the Western Department, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal. Battery Murray at Fort Kobbe, Panama Canal Zone was named for him. (Bio by: Bill McKern)
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