Jon Garth Murray

Jon Garth Murray (November 16, 1954 – September 29, 1995) was the son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the first president and founder of American Atheists.

From 1986 until his murder in 1995, Garth Murray held the office of President of American Atheists. Although in practice, it was a title without power as his mother retained most of the presidential powers behind-the-scenes.

Jon Garth Murray was living with his mother Madalyn and niece Robin Murray O'Hair, when all three of them were kidnapped and murdered by David Waters.

Preceded by
Madalyn Murray O'Hair
President of American Atheists
Succeeded by
Ellen Johnson
Authority control
  • VIAF: 225085442
Name Murray, Jon Garth
Alternative names
Short description
Date of birth November 16, 1954
Place of birth
Date of death September 29, 1995
Place of death

Famous quotes containing the words murray, jon and/or garth:

    Strung out and spotty, you wriggle and sigh
    and kiss all the fellows and make them all die.
    —Les Murray (b. 1938)

    The dog is mentioned in the Bible eighteen times—the cat not even once.
    —W.E. Farbstein. Quoted in “Hundkeit,” Mondo Canine, ed. Jon Winokur, Dutton (1991)

    I’ve met a lot of murderers in my day, but Dr. Garth, whatever he is, is the first man I’ve ever met who was polite to me and still made the chills run up and down my back.
    Robert D. Andrews, and Nick Grindé. Police detective, Before I Hang, describing his meeting with Dr. Garth (1940)