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About Hyde Murray

Note: Transcribed from Biography found in the Hyde Murray Papers, dated ca. 1969.

Hyde H. Murray, of Ogdensburg in Waupaca County, was the Assistant Counsel (i.e., Republican Counsel) for the Committee on Agriculture of the U. S. House of Representatives until his resignation on January 1, 1969 to seek election to Congress from the 7th District of Wisconsin. He is 38 years old, having been born at Iola, Wisconsin, on August 2, 1930. He is the son of former 7th District Congressman Reid F. Murray, who died in office in April, 1952, and Lyla Hermanson Murray of Iola.

He is a graduate of Little Wold High School in Manawa, Wisconsin (1948) and the College of Agriculture of the University of Wisconsin (1952) where he was a member of Alpha Zeta, the national agricultural scholastic honorary fraternity.

From 1952 to 1954 he served in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in the United States, Okinawa, and Korea, being discharged as a First Lieutenant.

In 1957, he graduated from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D. C., and is a member of the Wisconsin and District of Columbia Bars. In February, 1958, after ten months in the Office of General Counsel, U. S. Department of Agriculture, he came to the staff of the House Committee on Agriculture where he has served as a professional staff member until January, 1969. The Committee on Agriculture has jurisdiction over a variety of agricultural, forestry, conservation, and foreign food and fiber programs.

In 1965 he served as the Senior Congressional Staff Advisor to the Food and Agriculture Organization bi-annual meeting at Rome, Italy. In December, 1966, he was the senior staff member for a three-member Congressional delegation on a Presidential mission to India. In the course of his congressional staff service he has also reviewed U. S. foreign agricultural programs in South Viet Nam, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Near East.

He has participated in various staff activities on Capitol Hill. He was a board member, officer, and President (1965) of the Congressional Secretaries Club, a bi-partisan staff organization of some 3,000 legislative employees. He is also a member of the Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 1968 Christmas in Viet Nam Committee, and has been an active participant in Republican staff activities and the American University Semester Program. In 1967, he was named by Roll Call Newspaper as the eighth annual "Congressional Secretary of the Year."

In 1964 and 1968 he served as an agricultural and natural resource specialist on the staff of the Platform Committee of the Republican National Conventions held in San Francisco, California and Miami Beach, Florida.

He is married to the former Nancy VanderHyde of Lansing, Michigan, and is the father of two children, Reid James, age 11, and Merricarol, age 7. He is also a Mason, a Lutheran, and a Republican.