Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803

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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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creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Letter, 1792 May 9, n.p. to Thomas [Jefferson], n.p. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution, 1740-1866 . Houghton Library.
creatorOf William Vans Murray Papers, 1778-1805, (bulk 1797-1801) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Du Pont, Victor, 1767-1827. Personal Papers, 1785-1822. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Bourne, Sylvanus, 1761-1817. Sylvanus Bourne papers, 1775-1859 (bulk 1800-1815). Library of Congress
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Letter : The Hague, to unknown person, n.p., 1798 May 26. Texas Christian University
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. James McHenry papers, 1777-1832. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Ellsworth, Oliver, 1745-1807. Oliver Ellsworth letters, 1776-circa 1800. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Letter, 1793 May 9, Cambridge, Maryland to Thomas Jefferson, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Historical and Literary Committee, American Indian Vocabulary Collection, 1784-1828 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814. Elbridge Gerry papers, 1772-1901 (bulk 1776-1814). Library of Congress
referencedIn Pinckney, Thomas, 1750-1828. Thomas Pinckney papers, ca. 1790-ca. 1825. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn Elbridge Gerry Papers, 1772-1901, (bulk 1776-1814) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Ellsworth, Oliver, 1745-1807. LS, 1800 October 1 : Paris, to Rufus King. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Historical and Literary Committee, American Indian Vocabulary Collection, 1784-1828 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Mr. Gilmor, 1800 June 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to Robert Gilmor, 1790 July 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn John Leeds Bozman Family Papers, 1669-1883, (bulk 1784-1841) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814. Gerry-Townsend papers, 1675-1846. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848. John Quincy Adams autograph letter to William Vans Murray, 1801 May 2. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814. ALS, 1798 April 23 : Paris, to [William Vans] Murray. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn McHenry, James, 1753-1816. Papers, 1797-1800. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letter signed : the Hague, to Jean Luzac in Leiden, 1801 July 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Correspondence (copies) while U.S. Minister at the Hague and Envoy Extraordinary to the French Republic, 1797 June 20-1801 Sept. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn James McHenry Papers, 1775-1862, (bulk 1775-1816) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Letter, 1793 May 30, Cambridge, [Maryland] to Thomas Jefferson, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letters (13) signed : to James McHenry, Secretary of War, 1794 Dec. 16-1797 Nov. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letters (2) signed : to James McHenry (Member of the Maryland Senate), 1795 Jan. 1-1795 Dec. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Saint James School collection, 1777-1847. Library of Congress
referencedIn McHenry, James, 1753-1816. James McHenry papers, 1775-1862 (bulk 1775-1816). Library of Congress
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Messrs. Willing & Francis, Philadelphia, 1801 Aug. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. William Vans Murray papers [microform]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letter signed : the Hague, to James McHenry, Secretary of War of the United States, 1797 Sept. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Papers of William Vans Murray, 1778-1805 (bulk 1797-1801). Library of Congress
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Portion of an autograph letter unsigned : to E. Gerry?, 1797 Nov. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf King, Rufus, 1755-1827. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1798. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Miller, Samuel, 1769-1850. Papers, 1790-1814. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn James McHenry papers, McHenry, James papers, 1777-1832 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1762-1803. Summary of the diplomatic correspondence of Wm. Vans Murray, minister to the Hague and Paris, 1797 to 1801 : typescript, undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Bozman, John Leeds, 1757-1823. John Leeds Bozman family papers, 1688-1883 (bulk 1784-1841). Library of Congress
referencedIn Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829. Timothy Pickering instructions to U.S. envoys and ministers, 1799. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letter signed : the Hague, to an unidentified recipient, 1797 July 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803. Autograph letter signed : the Hague, to E. Gerry, 1797 Nov. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Sylvanus Bourne Papers, 1775-1859, (bulk 1800-1815) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
France
United States
United States
France
Maryland
Netherlands
United States
France
France
Netherlands
France
United States
Netherlands
Choptank River (Del. and Md.)
United States
Subject
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
Occupation
Diplomats
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Maryland
Function

Person

Birth 1760-02-09

Death 1803-12-11

Americans

Dutch; Flemish,

French,

English

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