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MORREY, or MURREY, Humphrey, first mayor of Philadelphia, born in England about 1650; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1716. He was a Quaker, and probably settled first in New York, removing to Philadelphia before 1685, as Robert Turner, in a letter to William Penn, dated at Philadelphia, 3 August, 1685, says of him : "Humphrey Murray from New York has built a large timber house with brick chimnies." During this year he was commissioned a "justice of the peace and of the courts of the county of Philadelphia," in which office he served many years. In 1687, and again in 1690, he was chosen to the assembly, and in the charter of 20 March, 1691, by which Philadelphia was for the first time incorporated into a city, Murray is appointed to be mayor, so that he was the first mayor of Philadelphia. This honor was given to Edward Shippen until 1887, when Boles Penrose and Edward P. Allinson, in their researches incident to the writing of "Philadelphia, a History of Municipal Government," discovered the original charter signed by Thomas Lloyd. In 1693 Murray was one of the judges that became involved in the controversy with George Keith, Thomas Budd, and others, and before whom these, with William Bradford, the printer, were tried. In 1700 he was selected by Penn to be a member of his council, but he does not appear to have served after 1701.
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