Magnus Miller Murray

Magnus Miller Murray (February 22, 1787 March 4, 1838), served as the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1828 to 1830 and again from 1831 to 1832. Mayor Murray now rests in Section 19, Lot 29 of Allegheny Cemetery.

Magnus Miller Murray
Portrait of Magnus Miller Murray,
c. 1828–1832
6th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byMatthew B. Lowrie
Succeeded bySamuel Pettigrew
4th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byJohn M. Snowden
Succeeded byMatthew B. Lowrie
Personal details
Born(1787-02-22)February 22, 1787
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 4, 1838(1838-03-04) (aged 51)
Resting placeAllegheny Cemetery
Spouse(s)Mary Wilkins
RelationsAlexander Murray (father)
William Wilkins (uncle)
ChildrenJames Butler Murray

Early life

Murray was born in Philadelphia, to Commodore Alexander Murray and Mary Miller Murray. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Magnus Miller, a local merchant. He attended Pennsylvania University, earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in an era when many statesmen had only a grade school education. On January 6, 1806 he was admitted to the Philadelphia Bar. He married Mary Wilkens, daughter of John Wilkins, Jr. and Catherine Reagan Murray, on February 23, 1810.

Pittsburgh politics

Murray began politics as an understudy to his uncle, area judge and political insider William Wilkins.

Under Murray's mayoral administration, the Western Terminus of the Pennsylvania Canal was completed along the Grant Street corridor of the city. Murray was the first of a handful of Pittsburgh mayors to serve two non-consecutive terms in office, having to cede control of the mayor's office to Matthew B. Lowrie from 1830 to 1831, before regaining his mayoral powers.


Mayor Magnus Murray's son, James Butler Murray, President of the First Exchange Bank of Pittsburgh is remembered in the naming of Murray Avenue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.


Member of The Society of the Cincinnati as the oldest male heir of Commodore Alexander Murray.


Murray is an ancestor of actress Julie Bowen.[1]


  1. Ancestry of Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer. Retrieved October 30, 2016
  • Killikelly, S. (1906). The History of Pittsburgh: Its Rise and Progress. Pittsburgh: B.C. & Gordon Montgomery Co.
  • Martin, J. (1883). Martin's Bench and Bar of Philadelphia, Philadelphia: R. Welsh & co., (1883)
Preceded by
John M. Snowden
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
Matthew Lowrie
Preceded by
Matthew Lowrie
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
Samuel Pettigrew
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