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Murray, John

Olive Hoogenboom

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Murray, John (10 December 1741–03 September 1815), founder of organized Universalism in the United States, was born in Alton, Hampshire, England. Murray’s father was a stern Calvinistic Anglican who apparently was successful in business; the family name of his gentler Presbyterian mother was Rolt. Murray, who had some formal schooling, later complained that during his childhood his father’s constant harping about the “endless misery” of the damned “threw a cloud over every innocent enjoyment.” When Murray was ten his family moved to Ireland, settling near Cork and his paternal grandmother, who was “in easy circumstances” and helped them out financially two years later when their home burned. His father refused an offer to prepare Murray for college, securing for him instead a place in business when his own health declined....

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