March 7, 1841, Ballard Vale, Andover, Massachusetts.

March 10, 1905, Cincinnati, Ohio, of Addison’s disease.

Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Murray studied at the Musical Institute in North Reading, Massachusetts (1856–59), under Lowell Mason, George Root, William B. Bradbury, & George Webb. In 1862, in the midst of the American civil war, he enlisted as an Army musician. His first song, Daisy Deane, was composed in a Virginia camp in 1863. After the war, he returned home to teach piano, but soon joined the Root & Cady publishing house in Chicago, Illinois, as editor of The Song Messenger. He stayed with Root & Cady until the great Chicago fire of 1871, when he returned to Andover and resumed work as a music teacher. In 1881, Murray moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to work for the John Church Company, editing The Musical Visitor, and taking charge of the publishing department.

Murray’s works include:

  1. Birth of Our Savior, The
  2. Golden Time, The
  3. Little Missionary, The
  1. At Last
  2. Christ’s Little Soldiers
  3. Cling to the Bible
  4. Come, Oh, Come Home
  5. Coming of the Lord, The
  6. Eudora
  7. Ferrin
  8. For Christ Is Our Endeavor
  9. God Knows It All
  10. Golden Time, The
  11. Good Old Christian Way, The
  12. Hold Out Your Hand
  13. How Beautiful upon the Mountains
  14. I Love the Holy Bible
  15. I Shall Be Satisfied
  16. In the Pleasant Land of Heaven
  17. Kobe
  18. Little Gleaner’s Band
  19. Morning Light, The
  20. Mueller
  21. Norcross
  22. Onward Roll the Ages
  23. Over Jordan
  24. Seychelles
  25. Soldiers of Christ, March On
  26. Spirit Is Waiting, The
  27. There Shall No Evil Befall Thee
  28. Thine, O Lord, Is the Greatness
  29. Toulouse
  30. Trusting Thee
  31. Way Was Mine, The
  32. Wichita