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George Mosley Murray was a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. He was born 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland. His mother, Emma Eareckson, was a registered nurse and head of pediatric nursing in the United States Steel Corporation's villages. His father, Gerald Murray, was an engineer at the United States Steel Corporation. Murray had a brother named Gerard. As a small child, George's parents moved him to Bessemer, Alabama. Later, George attended the University of Alabama. He died at age of 87 on July 14, 2006, in Fairhope, Alabama.

George M. Murray
George Mosley Murray

(1919-04-12)12 April 1919
Died14 July 2006(2006-07-14) (aged 87)
Other namesBishop Murray
Alma materUniversity of Alabama,
Virginia Theological Seminary
Known forGeorge M. Murray was the youngest of the eight Alabama clergymen who wrote "A Call For Unity".
Spouse(s)Margaret Macqueen Murray
ChildrenGeorge Malcolm Murray
William Gerard Murray
Sarah Duncan Murray
Parent(s)Emma Eareckson (Mother)
Gerald Murray (Father)


George Mosley Murray graduated from the University of Alabama in 1940 with a B.S. degree in business administration and worked for the General Electric company in Charlotte, North Carolina, until 1942 when he joined the Navy. George served in the military for 4 years of service. He enlisted in the Navy when World War II started. Murray served as an instructor in the Gunnery School for a year before volunteering for seventeen months on the submarine Pintado. He was discharged in 1946. George's term in the Navy only confirmed his desire to become a minister. He wanted to work for the Episcopal Church. So after his discharge in 1946, Murray decided that he wanted to attend the Virginia Theological Seminary in which graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1948.


After his graduation, he was ordained in Alabama by the Bishop of the Diocese, Bishop C.C.J. Carpenter, and shortly after, he accepted his first position in the church as the Episcopal student chaplain at the University of Alabama. Five years later, at the age of thirty-four, he was elected the Suffragan bishop of the Alabama Diocese, and after his consecration at the Church of the Advent in Birmingham, became assistant to Bishop Charles Colcock Jones Carpenter. In 1959, his election was virtually assured when he was made Bishop Coadjutor and thus was slated to succeed Bishop Carpenter. And in 1969, he became the Ordinary of the Diocese.

But he remained in the post only two years. When the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast was created from the southern one-third of Alabama and the Florida panhandle, he accepted the call to become its Bishop and left for Mobile, the new see city. Under his leadership, the new diocese has prospered; by the end of 1971, it numbered fifty-six congregations and more than 12,000 communicants.


Bishop Murray received a number of notable honors since he was elevated to the episcopate. In 1953, the year he was made Suffragan Bishop, the University of Alabama gave him its Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, and the College of Preachers at Washington Cathedral invited him to participate in a special six-week refresher course as a Fellow of the College. A year later, he was made an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of the South and his alma mater, Virginia Theological Seminary. In 1956, he was given an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Alabama. And in 1968, St. Bernard College in Cullman, Alabama, made him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Personal lifeEdit

Bishop Murray was married to Margaret Macqueen. They resided in Fairhope, Alabama. Murray had three children with his first wife, Elizabeth Malcolm Murray. Their names are George Malcolm Murray, William Gerard Murray, and Sarahy Duncan Murray. He also has three grandchildren: Sean Douglas Murray, Erin Elizabeth Murray, and Andrew Stuart Murray.


George M. Murray was the youngest of the eight Alabama clergymen who wrote "A Call For Unity".

During the Civil Rights Movement Murray and his first wife, Elizabeth Malcolm Murray, decided that they both wanted to be active in the calling for greater equality and human rights. They did, however, get a lot of criticism from all sides. They were criticized for being too involved or not involved enough. While serving as Bishop Coadjutor, Murray was one of eight Birmingham clergymen who co-authored an April 12, 1963, open letter on racial tensions titled "A Call for Unity". This letter was the impetus for Reverend Martin Luther King to write in his famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail".


  • "George M Murray".
  • Norris, Toraine (July 18, 2006) "Clergyman mentioned in King letter dies at 87". Birmingham News
  • George Mosley Murray biography at the Alabama Academy of Honor.
  • "Alabama Academy of Honor: George Moseley Murray". Alabama Department of Archives and History. March 14, 2007.
  • Bass, S. J., and Martin L. King. Blessed are the Peacemakers: Eight White Religious Leaders, and the "Letter From Birmingham Jail". Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001. Print.

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