William Murdock (c.1720–
October 17, 1769) was a Scottish-born American statesman in colonial Maryland. During the tensions leading up to the American Revolutionhe was an important spokesman for the rights of the colonists. He was a delegate representing Maryland in the Stamp Act Congressof 1765.
Murdock was the son of Reverend George Murdock, who brought his family from Scotland to
Prince George's County, Maryland, in the U.S. about 1726. When protests over the Stamp Act resulted in calling a Congress of the several colonies in New York, the Assembly sent Murdock as one of its deputies. His voice and experience were an important factor in the "Statement of Rights and Grievances" produced by the Congress.
Murdock married Anne Addison, and the couple had eight children before she died in 1753. Murdock died on
October 17, 1769, at his home, "Padsworth Farm", in Prince George's County, Maryland.
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