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Black representation in the state legislature dropped from fifteen to seven. Instead of fostering unity, however, this result only increased Republican infighting, and Murray was in the thick of it. During a raucous debate in Sumter among candidates for the 1884 seventh district Republican congressional nomination, Murray tried to join in, but the meeting’s chairman, Sam Lee, ruled him out of order. Angrily Murray excoriated Lee, the man he had so strongly supported in 1882. Lee gaveled for order; Murray responded by marching up and down the aisle demanding to be heard, and the delegates became increasingly restive.
Tillman, in contrast, represented the “ignorant rabble” (the same group Murray had praised just a year previously at the Alliance barbecue). Another delegate immediately retorted that Tillman deserved support because he was responsible for splitting the Democrats. He ridiculed Murray’s contention of Conservative fairness, citing examples of Conservative anti-black violence. In 32 / A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow response, Murray insisted that, if blacks used their power wisely, both Democrat factions would respect them.
Whittaker was found in early April in his West Point room, the victim of a nighttime attack by three masked men. 23 The big issue was whether or not to support U. S. Grant for a third presidential term. The debate droned on interminably until Murray, though a newcomer, protested. He told the convention delegates that he was tired of all the haggling and just wanted to go home. 24 Murray’s political debut began with a successful display of impatient frustration at his political party’s vacillation, a display of temper that in later years would become even more evident in his political personality.