Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hopson Owen Murfee: A Pictorial Journey

I have written a good deal about the first two presidents of Marion Military Institute – James Thomas Murfee and his son, Hopson Owen Murfee. Another son, Walter Lee Murfee, served as MMI’s third president.

The idea for this MMI Archives Blog is to present a pictorial journey of H. O. Murfee who served MMI until his retirement in 1918 due to ill health. H. O. Murfee, educator, author, humanitarian, and public servant, then embarked upon a second career serving Alabama and the nation in numerous ways until his death in 1942 in Prattville, Alabama, where he and his family moved after leaving Marion. H. O. was married to Mary McQueen Smith Murfee – Queenie – and they were the parents of eight children.

(Note: All images are from the MMI Archives, except for the three images of the Murfee monuments in Prattville, Alabama, which are from Find A Grave. Com.)

The 1900 MMI Football Team with a dapper H. O. Murfee as coach.

H. O. Murfee in 1905, the year he became the second president of MMI following his father’s retirement.

Biographical sketches of the first three MMI presidents, c. 1905.

Walter Lee Murfee, the third president of MMI.

Commemorating Woodrow Wilson’s visit to MMI in 1905. Wilson was then president of Princeton University.

President William Howard Taft’s letter to H. O. Murfee accepting a position on MMI’s new Board of Directors, 1909.

Alabama Governor Bibb Graves’ letter to Albert Einstein referencing H. O. Murfee and inviting Einstein to visit Alabama, 1935.

Notice of Eleanor Roosevelt’s visit and dinner with the Murfees in their country home (McQueen Smith Farms) near Prattville, Alabama, in 1939.

The Murfee Family monument in Oak Hill Cemetery in Prattville, Alabama.

Headstone for H. O. Murfee, Oak Hill Cemetery, Prattville, Alabama.

Headstone for Queenie Murfee, Oak Hill Cemetery, Prattville, Alabama.