In 1825, Catherine Daingerfield Willis Gray Murat moved to Tallahassee with her parents and siblings after the death of her first husband and baby. The following year she married Prince Achille Murat, the exiled nephew of Napoleon.
The great-grandniece of George Washington, she was appointed as the first Vice Regent for Florida for the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. She raised $3,791 for the preservation of Mount Vernon, the most raised by the 30 participating states.
Murat purchased Bellevue in 1854 after her husband’s death where she resided until her death in 1867. She is buried in the old Tallahassee Episcopal Cemetary.
– Rebecca Hastings, The 100 Companies