James C. Murray

James Cunningham Murray (May 16, 1917 – October 19, 1999) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1955-1957. He graduated from De Paul University Law School in 1940, and subsequently worked as a lawyer. He served in the United States Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945.

James C. Murray
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957
Preceded byFred E. Busbey
Succeeded byEmmet Byrne
Personal details
Born(1917-05-16)May 16, 1917
Chicago, Illinois
DiedOctober 19, 1999(1999-10-19) (aged 82)
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Murray was elected to the Chicago City Council as 18th Ward alderman in 1959. He served eight years during which he was vice chair of the finance committee and president pro tempore. He sponsored the city's first fair housing law, which passed by four votes. Opposition to his fair housing activism resulted in his losing a 1966 judicial election, but he became a judge of the Cook County Circuit Court in 1970. In 1983, when mayor of Chicago Harold Washington attempted to challenge an opposition bloc made of 29 aldermen, led by Edward Vrdolyak (a conflict that came to be known as the "Council Wars") it was Judge Murray who ruled that the "Vrdolyak 29" had acted legally and that Washington's motion to adjourn the council meeting was improper.[1] Judge Murray was on the Appellate Court from 1986 until his retirement in 1994.

He was a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee to Recommend Rules of Evidence, the Judicial Conference Committee on Evidence and the Committee on Complex Litigation.


  1. ^ Sheppard (May 17, 1983). "Rebels Win Court Decision in Chicago Council Dispute". The New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2021.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by