Sidney Eugene Murray

Sidney Eugene Murray, a leading attorney of Memphis, has been connected with the work of the courts both as lawyer and lawmaker and his high professional standing is indicated in the fact that he is now serving as United States district attorney for the western district of Tennessee, with offices in the Central Bank building in this city. He was born in Henderson county, this state, July 19, 1875, and is the only living son of Dr. John L. and Addie (Neely) Murray, both of whom are deceased. The father was a prominent physician of Lexington, Tennessee, where he was practicing at the time of his demise, and although a native of Georgia, he defended the cause of the Union during the Civil war. He was a son of the Rev. James Murray, a minister of the Methodist church and also a native of the state of Georgia. The mother of the subject of this review was born in Carroll county, Tennessee, and her death occurred in 1910. Of the children born to Dr. and Mrs. Murray seven are living, one son and six daughters, all residents of this state.

The public schools of Lexington and Huntingdon, Tennessee, afforded Sidney E. Murray his early educational opportunities, and having decided to follow the legal profession, he took up the study of law in the office of the late John E. McCall of Lexington, who afterward became United States district judge for the western district of Tennessee. In 1895 Mr. Murray was admitted to the bar at Lexington, where he began his professional career, and for several years he continued to practice at that place. During that period he also maintained an office in Huntingdon, which is the county seat of Carroll county and is twenty-five miles distant from Lexington, the county seat of Henderson county. In 1911 he removed to Memphis and has since successfully followed his profession in this city, building up a large clientele. In October, 1921, his well established reputation for ability in his chosen field led to his appointment as United States district attorney for the western district of Tennessee, by President Harding, for a term of four years. His breadth of mind, analytical powers, comprehensive knowledge of the law and ability to grasp the complicated points of legal matters, make him exceptionally well qualified for this responsible position and his course amply justifies the trust reposed in him.

On the 11th of July, 1906, Mr. Murray was united in marriage to Miss Eddie Hilliard of Huntingdon, Tennessee, and they have four daughters: Addie Louise, Mary Elizabeth, Eddie May and Jean, aged respectively, fifteen, thirteen, eleven and eight years. Mr. Murray is a member of the Christian church and his political allegiance is given to the republican party, of which his father was also a stanch adherent, while his grandfather was an old line whig. In public affairs he has taken an active and prominent part and from 1905 until 1909 he was a member of the Tennessee legislature, representing Carroll county. In the latter year he was the republican candidate for congress from the eighth Tennessee district, but was unable to overcome the large democratic majority. He is a member of the Tennessee State Bar Association and is also connected with the Shelby County Historical Society. He has great respect for the dignity of his calling and seems to have entered upon the profession for which nature intended him, being recognized as one of the most talented members of the Memphis bar.

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