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Article in Montana: The Magazine of Western History

Uncle Jim Murray and nephew James Murray were polar opposites in personality, business acumen, and political ambition. Uncle Jim, a tight-fisted, practical joking Bonanza King never gave thought to being a politician. Nephew James, serious and lacking business sense, aspired to be a politician. After the Easter Rising, the two paired together (uncle’s money and nephew’s ambition) to aid the Irish Revolution, rattling corporate capitalists and military intelligence agencies in the process. They also worked for fair wages and opposed monopolies. Uncle was a member of the Populist Party for a time, and nephew a member of the successor to the Socialist Party. And although they lost more battles than they won, their causes continue to find supporters today.

I’ve written a short biography of the pair, which appears in the Spring 2016 edition of Montana: The Magazine of Western History. A complete account of James A. Murray’s life will appear in book form in Spring 2018. I am currently under contract with Mountain Press Publishing Company to write this full biography.

 Murray’s properties still operating, or monuments still standing:

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