A Guide to the Lawrence O. Murray Papers, 1901-1913
Lawrence Owen Murray (1864-1926) was a banker, government official, and Comptroller of the Currency, 1908-1913. He was educated in law, receiving degrees from both Metropolis law school and New York University law school in 1893, and immediately went to Washington, D.C., to work as private secretary to William Edmond Curtis, assistant secretary of the United States treasury. There he continued his education in law and was ultimately promoted to Chief of Organization of the treasury department (1896) and Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, 1898.
Murray left governmental service to work for private trust companies in New York until 1904, when his friend, President Theodore Roosevelt, appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Department of Commerce (1904) and Comptroller of the Currency, 1908. He held the latter position until 1913, at which time he took over the presidency of the United States Trust Company in Washington, D.C. Murray went on to serve in a financial and banking capacity for both the United States Army and the American Red Cross, before his death in 1926.
The Lawrence O. Murray papers, 1901-1913, consist of correspondence to Murray from various congressional leaders. Special items of note include letters from Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, which, due to their value to collectors, are security sensitive. The papers also include incoming correspondence from congressmen, senators, Cabinet officials, and Gifford Pinchot, Chief of the United States Forest Service. The main subjects of the letters relate to immigration cases, patronage, the Keep Commission, and Murray’s duties as Comptroller of the Currency. In addition, the papers include letters from Shelby M. Cullom, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John Coit Spooner, a Senator from Wisconsin.
Letters from Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft are security sensitive. Contact repository for further information.
Lawrence O. Murray Papers, 1901-1913, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection is unprocessed. Contact repository for more information.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
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