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James A. Murray : Butte's radical Irish millionaire / Bill Farley ; foreword by David M. Emmons.

By: Farley, Bill, 1959- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Missoula, Montana : Mountain Press Publishing Company, [2018]Description: pages cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780878426829; 0878426825.Other title: Butte's radical Irish millionaire.Subject(s): Murray, James A., approximately 1840-1921 | Murray, James E. (James Edward), 1876-1961 -- Family | Butte (Mont.) -- Biography | Butte (Mont.) -- History | Mineral industries -- Montana -- Biography | Millionaires -- Montana -- Biography | Millionaires -- Californa -- Monterey -- Biography | Businessmen -- West (U.S.) -- Biography | Irish Americans -- Politics and government | Irish Americans -- Montana -- Butte -- BiographyDDC classification: 978.6/6802092 | B
Contents:
Part 1. The making of a bonanza king, 1840-1909 -- The remarkable Murray boys-a tall tale -- Trail to the Rockies -- Pirate in the wilderness -- Killing the competition -- Riding the rails -- The liveliest town in America -- Part 2. Wealth and leisure -- The richest men in the west -- Irish rebel -- John Maguire's opera house -- Hot springs and grand resorts -- Murray's Monterey -- End games, 1910-1921 -- Betting on San Diego -- Trouble in Butte -- The final push to free Ireland -- Ring down the drop -- Dead man's chest -- Epilogue -- Appendix -- Pioneer tributes (Murray, Maguire, Fat Jack) -- Private loans uncollected by James A. Murray -- Why the humming birds nest at Monterey -- The passing of an oak -- Comparing wealth and economic power -- Murray family tree.
Summary: "Jim Murray's rise to great wealth began high in the Rocky Mountains in the small town of Pioneer, Montana. There he hit his first big strike, hired others to work his claims, and earned a reputation as someone who "couldn't be bluffed, wouldn't be cheated, and didn't scare at anything." He parlayed his mining wealth into banks, theatres, resorts, waterworks, and commercial properties from Seattle to San Diego. In western business circles, it was believed his ready cash was second only to W.A. Clark. Where Murray shared no peers, however, was in his decidedly radical politics. From the Irish Land League protests of the 1880s through the Easter Rising of 1916, he supported the violent overthrow of Britain's rule in his homeland. Hoping for the Crown's defeat in World War I, Murray's extremism reached its peak when future World War II General Omar Bradley was dispatched to Butte, Montana, to stop Murray's network of Sinn F�einers from impeding the supply of copper to Britain's war machine. Told for the first time, this is the unvarnished story of Murray's rise to great wealth and power, and the flamboyant cast of friends and family that endured his violent mood swings and his eccentric generosities. Farley relates the entirety of Murray's audacious life: ruling over mining camps in Montana, dining with Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell in New York, showering the Monterey art colony with philanthropy, and propelling a loyal nephew--future US Senator, James E. Murray--to the top of a radical Irish-American organization with 600,000 members. The elder Murray's story concludes with the bitter fight over his massive estate, involving thirty-eight relatives, nine years of court battles, and headline coverage by newspapers throughout the West."--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part 1. The making of a bonanza king, 1840-1909 -- The remarkable Murray boys-a tall tale -- Trail to the Rockies -- Pirate in the wilderness -- Killing the competition -- Riding the rails -- The liveliest town in America -- Part 2. Wealth and leisure -- The richest men in the west -- Irish rebel -- John Maguire's opera house -- Hot springs and grand resorts -- Murray's Monterey -- End games, 1910-1921 -- Betting on San Diego -- Trouble in Butte -- The final push to free Ireland -- Ring down the drop -- Dead man's chest -- Epilogue -- Appendix -- Pioneer tributes (Murray, Maguire, Fat Jack) -- Private loans uncollected by James A. Murray -- Why the humming birds nest at Monterey -- The passing of an oak -- Comparing wealth and economic power -- Murray family tree.

"Jim Murray's rise to great wealth began high in the Rocky Mountains in the small town of Pioneer, Montana. There he hit his first big strike, hired others to work his claims, and earned a reputation as someone who "couldn't be bluffed, wouldn't be cheated, and didn't scare at anything." He parlayed his mining wealth into banks, theatres, resorts, waterworks, and commercial properties from Seattle to San Diego. In western business circles, it was believed his ready cash was second only to W.A. Clark. Where Murray shared no peers, however, was in his decidedly radical politics. From the Irish Land League protests of the 1880s through the Easter Rising of 1916, he supported the violent overthrow of Britain's rule in his homeland. Hoping for the Crown's defeat in World War I, Murray's extremism reached its peak when future World War II General Omar Bradley was dispatched to Butte, Montana, to stop Murray's network of Sinn F�einers from impeding the supply of copper to Britain's war machine. Told for the first time, this is the unvarnished story of Murray's rise to great wealth and power, and the flamboyant cast of friends and family that endured his violent mood swings and his eccentric generosities. Farley relates the entirety of Murray's audacious life: ruling over mining camps in Montana, dining with Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell in New York, showering the Monterey art colony with philanthropy, and propelling a loyal nephew--future US Senator, James E. Murray--to the top of a radical Irish-American organization with 600,000 members. The elder Murray's story concludes with the bitter fight over his massive estate, involving thirty-eight relatives, nine years of court battles, and headline coverage by newspapers throughout the West."--Provided by publisher.

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