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. Golden Time, The
  10. Good Old Christian Way, The
  11. Hold Out Your Hand
  12. How Beautiful upon the Mountains
  13. I Love the Holy Bible
  14. I Shall Be Satisfied
  15. In the Pleasant Land of Heaven
  16. Kobe
  17. Little Gleaner’s Band
  18. Morning Light, The
  19. Mueller
  20. Norcross
  21. Onward Roll the Ages
  22. Over Jordan
  23. Seychelles
  24. Soldiers of Christ, March On
  25. Spirit Is Waiting, The
  26. There Shall No Evil Befall Thee
  27. Thine, O Lord, Is the Greatness
  28. Toulouse
  29. Trusting Thee
  30. Way Was Mine, The
  31. Wichita