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Capt. James Murray
Company H

This biographical sketch was published in The History of Dodge County, Nebraska

James Murray
Paot-War portrait of James Murray (note GAR badge on coat)
Hon. James Murray, County Judge, came to Nebraska and located in Everett Precinct, in May, 1872, and engaged in farming until he was elected County Judge in 1881; he was Justice of the Peace, and Deputy County Clerk for several years. He was born in Rochester, N. Y., on August 13, 1833. In 1840, he came to Wisconsin, locating in Milwaukee County.

He enlisted in the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, as First Lieutenant, Company H, and was promoted Captain of Company H after one and one-half years service. He entered the service in 1862, and was mustered out in September, 1865, after the close of the war; he shared in all the engagements of his command.

At the close of the war he returned to Wisconsin, and and in April 1866 he married Catherine Slane, a native of Waukesha County, Wis.; she died at Waukesha, November, 1870, leaving three children -- Mark W., Mary A. (1868-1922) and Catherine. In April 1872 he married Anna Wallace, a native of Livingston County, N. Y. They had three children -- Maria Luella (1875-1883), Margaret Estella, and James Wallace (1881-1895).

The judge was a member of the County Board of Supervisors in 1861. Post-war, he served in the Wisconsin Legislature in 1867; and as County Clerk of Waukesha County in the years 1869 and 1870. He was a member of the G.A.R. McPherson Post 4 in Fremont.

Murray died on 9 May 1909 and is buried Calvary Cemetery, Fremont, Nebraska, in Section 55, Lot 1.

Thanks to Pvt. Patrick Hanley's great-great grandson David Bunzel for locating this obituary and the portrait of Capt. Murray.

Last Updated: Sept. 16, 2022