Patrick E. McMurray was born in Ireland in 1841, and emigrated to the United States at an early age. He settled in New Haven, Connecticut, where he learned the carriage making trade. At the breaking out of the late Civil War he enlisted in the Ninth Connecticut Volunteers, and served for three years, being honorably discharged at Hartford, Connecticut, in 1864, where he again took up his trade; but following the general advice of Horace Greeley, in 1867 he went to California, where he still pursued his business as a carriage maker.
In 1874, when the wonderful resources of Florida were attracting attention all over the States, he came and settled in Jacksonville, where, in company with his brother, he started a carriage factory under the firm name of McMurray & Company.
Taking an active interest in the public affairs of his adopted City, he was elected City Marshal in 1877, and served for the period of one year, when his rapidly increasing business interests caused him to resign, though they still claimed his ctive atention; his fellow citizens elected him a member of the Board of Aldermen in 1880, and again in 1881. Recognizing his worth, he was member of the Board of Aldermen in 1880, and again in 1881. Recognizing his worth, he was elected by an overwhelming majoirty to the State Senate, where he distinguished himself by his eloquence and methodical business manner. He succeeded, against a powerful opposition, in placing upon the statute book some of the most beneficient and liberal measures, especially the mechanics' lien law, and the late charter of the City of Jacksonville, that grace the statutes of Florida.
During the terrible epidemic of yellow fever in 188, whose devastations have become historic, he gallantly served as one of the members of the Sanitary Auxiliary Association, which managed the affairs of the City during those trying times and dark days. His name, with that of his brother members, have been recorded in a nihe in the history of his adopted City and State, so that it can ever be before the eyes of future generations. The services so eminently rendered at this period no doubt greatly influenced Presidnt Harrison, when he selected and appointed him Postmaster of the City of Jacksonville. Eminently qualified by his past public service for the position, his mode of conducting the office has brought forth the highest encomiums and praise, even from his political enemies. When the terrible fire of 1891 completely wiped the Post Officr Block out of existence, the public press and merchants of the City spoke in the highest terms of his speedy reorganization of his forces, never losing a single delivery of his mails.
In 1891 the present firm of P. E. McMurray & Baker was established, Mr. Will Baker, of Atlanta, being the junior member. The great fire the same year destroyed the establishment, but Mr. McMurray immediately built the present large business block on the site of the old one. The firm manufactures every class of ehicle, from an ordinary dray to the largest wagons and carriages. Their business extends all over Florida and Southern Georgia. They carry also a full line of buggies, and the various makes of carriages, harness, etc.
Mr. McMurray stands high in church and club circles, and is a prominent leader in business affairs. He is a director in the Savings and Trust Bank of Florida, and in the Peace River Phosphate Company, and is a member of the Board of Trade. He was twice elected Commander of O. M. Mitchell Post, G. A. R., and is now Commander of the Department of Florida. He is a safe and conservative business man, and possesses the esteem of the community in a marked degree.