Marion Murdoch was an American minister in Iowa. Murdoch was said to be the first woman in America to receive the degree of Bachelor of Divinity.
Murdoch was educated at Northwestern Ladies' College, Evanston, Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin. She graduated from Boston University School of Oratory (later known as the Boston School of Oratory), then under the leadership of Prof. Monroe. She was also a graduate of the Meadville Theological School and spent some time in New College, Oxford, England, she and Florence Buck being the first women admitted to this college.
After graduation from Boston University School of Oratory, she spent several years teaching in Dubuque, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. During that time, she was engaged in institute work each summer, thus developing a reputation in her own state. On deciding to take up the ministry, she entered the School of Liberal Theology in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1882. She graduated and took her degree, B. D., from the same school in 1885.
Her active labor in the ministry began while she was still in theological school. She occupied pulpits during school vacations, and occasionally during the school year. After completing her theological course, she was called to Unity Church, Humboldt, Iowa, and remained there five years. Under her management, it became the largest church in the area. She was
From the first her ministry was successful. Her training under Prof. Monroe made her an eloquent speaker. Murdoch was essentially a reformer, preaching upon questions of social, political, and moral reform. While decided in conviction, she was liberal and generous to opponents of her views.
She was popular and active in the social life of her church. She was involved in clubs and study-classes and led Shakespeare classes.