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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Edward Hunter Murfee, president of the A. I. U., is a native of Southampton County, Va., the son of James W. Murfee, and grandson of Rev. Simon Murfee. At the age of sixteen Edward Hunter Murfee was sent to the University of Alabama, in order that he might be in charge of his brother, James T. Murfee, who was a professor in the university, and from the above mentioned institution he received the degree of Master of Arts. Soon after the war he taught select schools in Marion, Ala., and Demopolis, of the same State. In 1871 he was elected professor of military engineering in the Alabama University, and subsequently was elected professor of mathematics in Union University, Tennessee. Resigning from the latter institution, he obtained a charter for the Mississippi Military Institute, and was superintendent of the same until elected to the position of professor of mathematics in the Arkansas Industrial University in 1885. During the fifteen months ending August 29, he was acting president of the A. I. U., and at the latter date he was elected president without solicitation. In 1886 he was honored by two colleges, Bethel College, Kentucky, and Wake Forest College, North Carolina, with the degree of LL.D.

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This family biography is one of 300 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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