George Washington MURRAY, Congress, SC (1853-1926)


MURRAY, George Washington, (relative of James Enos Clyburn), a Representative from South Carolina; born near Rembert, Sumter County, S.C., September 22, 1853; attended the public schools and the University of South Carolina at Columbia; taught school for fifteen years; inspector of customs at the port of Charleston, S.C., 1890-1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); successfully contested the election of William Elliott to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from June 4, 1896, to March 3, 1897; engaged in the real estate business; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1905 and engaged in literary pursuits and lecturing; delegate to several Republican National Conventions; died in Chicago, Ill., April 21, 1926; interment in Lincoln Cemetery.


Marszalek, John F. A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow: South Carolina’s George Washington Murray. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2006.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present