Murray County, Minnesota

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Murray County, Minnesota

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This county, established May 23, 1857, and organized June 17, 1872, was named in honor of William Pitt Murray, who was born in Hamilton, Ohio, June 21, 1825, and died in St. Paul, June 20, 1910. He studied at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; was graduated in law at the State University of Indiana, 1849, and came to Minnesota the same year, settling in St. Paul; was a member of the territorial legislature in 1852-3 and in 1857, and of the council, 1854-5, being its president in 1855; was a member of the state constitutional convention, 1857; a representative in the state legislature in 1863 and 1868; and a state senator, 1866-7 and 1875-6. He was a member of the St. Paul city council, 1861-8 and 1870-79, being six years its president; and for thirteen years was the city attorney, 1876-89. He contributed a paper, "Recollections of Early Territorial Days and Legislation," in the Minnesota Historical Society Collections (vol. XII, 1908, pages 103-130, with his portrait); and was a member of the board of editors of "Minnesota in Three Centuries," four volumes, published in 1908. During more than sixty years he was an eminently useful and greatly beloved citizen of the capital of this state. [1]

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Maps and Boundaries

  • Lyon County (north)
  • Redwood County (northeast)
  • Cottonwood County (east)
  • Nobles County (south)
  • Rock County (southwest)
  • Pipestone County (west)



  • Avoca
  • Chandler
  • Currie
  • Dovray
  • Fulda
  • Hadley
  • Iona
  • Lake Wilson
  • Slayton (county seat)


  • Belfast Township
  • Bondin Township
  • Cameron Township
  • Chanarambie Township
  • Des Moines River Township
  • Dovray Township
  • Ellsborough Township
  • Fenton Township
  • Holly Township
  • Iona Township
  • Lake Sarah Township
  • Leeds Township
  • Lime Lake Township
  • Lowville Township
  • Mason Township
  • Moulton Township
  • Murray Township
  • Shetek Township
  • Skandia Township
  • Slayton Township

Records and Resources


  1. "Murray County, Minnesota." Gray County Texas Genealogy and History - Presented by Genealogy Trails. Accessed September 03, 2018.

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