HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
William Howard Taft, _27th President of the United States, William Blake, Canada's most noted author on fishing northern waters, John Marshall Harlan and his grandson John Marshall Harlan II, both Justices of the United States Supreme Court, George Wrong, an important Canadian Historian, John N. Cole, a Montreal businessman and philanthropist, motivated by the death of his daughter from childhood leukemia to finance research which led to a cure, and Alexander Mackay, a Scottish Presbyterian minister with sailing in his blood – Murray Bay Protestant Church was the summer place of worship for all of these historic figures.
The large and beautiful Tiffany window in the rear wall of the church was donated in memory of Beach Jones, thanks to an introduction from Rose Tiffany, who summered in Murray Bay.
In 1911, noted New York architect Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes supervised the cladding of the original 1867 wooden building in stone. He was married to Edith Minturn, considered the most beautiful woman in America, who was the model for the Statue of the Republic at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893; Edith was the daughter of Susannah Shaw Minturn, the first American woman to build a summer house in Murray Bay; she was also the niece of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who raised and led the famous 54th Massachusetts Colored Regiment during the Civil War.
Since the church's founding in 1867, our pews have been filled with people with fascinating stories to tell.
We welcome you to the Murray Bay Protestant Church and invite you to learn a little about its history. When visiting the church you will see memorial plaques and also display tables containing our family photos, a few from over 100 years ago,
of our early members who contributed so much to the church and community. Whether they raised money or raised flowers these church members will forever be a part of us.
The links below will take you to the results of some of our research.
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