William Francis Murray

For the Ottawa lawyer with the same name, see Will Murray.
William Francis Murray

William Francis Murray circa 1912[1]
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1913  September 28, 1914
Preceded by James Michael Curley
Succeeded by Peter Francis Tague
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1911  March 4, 1913
Preceded by John A. Keliher
Succeeded by Ernest W. Roberts
Massachusetts Executive Council
In office
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
City of Boston Common Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1881-09-07)September 7, 1881
Boston, Massachusetts
Died September 21, 1918(1918-09-21) (aged 37)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Harvard College
Harvard Law School
Profession Attorney
Military service
Years of service 1898
Rank Corporal
Unit United States Volunteer Signal Corps
Battles/wars Spanish-American War

William Francis Murray (September 7, 1881 – September 21, 1918) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and the Postmaster of Boston.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Murray attended the public schools and the Boston Latin School. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1904 and from Harvard Law School in 1906. Practiced law in Boston. He served during the Spanish-American War as a Corporal in the United States Volunteer Signal Corps. He served as member of Boston Common Council in 1904 and 1905. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1907 and 1908. He served as member of the Governor's council in 1910.

Election to Congress

Murray was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses.He served as a Member of Congress from March 4, 1911, until September 28, 1914, when he resigned, having been appointed postmaster of Boston.

Postmaster of Boston

On June 19, 1914 President Wilson nominated Murray for the position of Postmaster of Boston.,[2] the Senate Confirmed the nomination on July 16, 1914.[3] Murray served as postmaster from October 1, 1914, until his death on September 21, 1918.


In the Autumn of 1918 Murray contracted the Spanish flu[4] and died from pneumonia at Boston City Hospital at 11:40 on the night of September 21, 1918.[5]


Murray was interred in Holyhood Cemetery, the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, Massachusetts.[6]


  1. Who's who in State Politics, 1912, Boston, MA: Practical Politics, 1912, p. 24.
  2. WM. F. Murray To Be Named For Postoffice Here: Charlestown Congressman's Name to Be Sent to Senate at Once by President Wilson, It Is Said, Boston, MA: The Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 1914, p. 1.
  3. WM. F. Murray Is Confirmed, Boston, MA: The Christian Science Monitor, July 22, 1914, p. 1.
  4. Harvard Alumni Bulletin Vol XXL, Number 3., Boston, MA: The Harvard Bulletin, Inc., October 10, 1918, p. 70.
  5. Postmaster Murray Dies of Pneumonia: Boston Loses Beloved Citizen and Nation a Faithful Official, Boston, MA: The Boston Daily Globe, September 22, 1918, p. 1.
  6. Final Tribute To Postmaster Murray, Boston, MA: The Boston Daily Globe, September 25, 1918, p. 12.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James M. Curley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1913 – September 28, 1914
Succeeded by
Peter Tague

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