Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1760-02-09
Death 1803-12-11
Americans
Dutch; Flemish, French, English

Biographical notes:

Diplomat and U.S. representative from Maryland.

From the description of Papers of William Vans Murray, 1778-1805 (bulk 1797-1801). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455680

Murray was member of Congress from Maryland and Minister to the Netherlands. McHenry was Secretary of War.

From the description of Autograph letters (13) signed : to James McHenry, Secretary of War, 1794 Dec. 16-1797 Nov. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613098

American diplomat.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Mr. Gilmor, 1800 June 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612978

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Messrs. Willing & Francis, Philadelphia, 1801 Aug. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612980

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to Robert Gilmor, 1790 July 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612772

From the description of Autograph letter signed : the Hague, to an unidentified recipient, 1797 July 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613016

From the description of Autograph letter signed : the Hague, to James McHenry, Secretary of War of the United States, 1797 Sept. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613013

From the description of Autograph letter signed : the Hague, to Jean Luzac in Leiden, 1801 July 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613015

Murray, of Cambridge, Md., studied law at the Temple in London (1784-87), before returning to the U.S. to practice law. He was a member of the State house of delegates in 1791; elected to the Second Congress; reelected to the Third Congress and reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress (1791-97). He served as Minister Resident to the Netherlands (1797-1801) and was appointed by President Adams in 1799 as a member of a diplomatic mission to France.

From the description of Summary of the diplomatic correspondence of Wm. Vans Murray, minister to the Hague and Paris, 1797 to 1801 : typescript, undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 613454067

Biographical Note

  • 1760, Feb. 9: Born, Cambridge, Md.
  • 1784 - 1787 : Studied law at the Middle Temple, London, England
  • 1789: Married Charlotte Hughins
  • 1791: Admitted to Maryland bar Member, Maryland House of Representatives
  • 1791 - 1797 : Member, United States House of Representatives from Maryland
  • 1797 - 1801 : Minister to the Netherlands
  • 1799 - 1800 : Appointed minister plenipotentiary (with Oliver Ellsworth and William Richardson Davie) to negotiate with France in the aftermath of the XYZ Affair, concluding in the Convention of Môrtefontaine
  • 1801: Resigned diplomatic post and returned to Cambridge, Md.
  • 1803, Dec. 11: Died, Cambridge, Md.

From the guide to the William Vans Murray Papers, 1778-1805, (bulk 1797-1801), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Diplomats--Correspondence
  • Dutch
  • Neutrality
  • Shipping
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American--Netherlands
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American--France
  • XYZ Affair, 1797-1798

Occupations:

  • Diplomats
  • Representatives, U.S. Congress--Maryland

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • Maryland (as recorded)
  • Netherlands (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • Netherlands (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Netherlands (as recorded)
  • Choptank River (Del. and Md.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)