Edwin Albert Merritt

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Edwin A. Merritt, Jr. (1902)

Edwin Albert Merritt (July 25, 1860 – December 4, 1914) was an American politician from New York.

New York (state) State of the United States of America

New York is a state in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. To distinguish the state from the city in the state with the same name, it is sometimes called New York State.

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He was born on July 25, 1860, in Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, New York, the son of Edwin Atkins Merritt (1828–1916), and was known all his life as Edwin A. Merritt, Jr. although father and son had different middle names.

Pierrepont, New York Town in New York, United States

Pierrepont is a town and hamlet in St. Lawrence County, New York, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 2,589. It was named after Hezekiah Pierrepont, the early owner of much of the town's territory. The Town of Pierrepont is centrally located in the county and is southeast of Canton. A hamlet of the same name is in the town of Pierrepont. Pierrepont Manor, however, is located in Jefferson County.

St. Lawrence County, New York County in the United States

St. Lawrence County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 111,944. The county seat is Canton. The county is named for the Saint Lawrence River, which in turn was named for the Christian saint Lawrence of Rome, on whose Feast day the river was discovered by French explorer Jacques Cartier.

Edwin Atkins Merritt American politician

Edwin Atkins Merritt was an American politician, civil service reformer and diplomat. He served as a Union Army officer in the American Civil War, and was a brigadier general in the New York Militia. In addition, he served in the New York State Assembly, and held the appointive post of Collector of the Port of New York.

Merritt Jr. graduated from Yale University in 1884. While at Yale, he was prominent among the undergraduate founders of the Wolf's Head Society, established in 1883 as The Third Society by the Phelps Trust Association. The society was founded with the aid of over 300 Yale alumni, including James Smith Bush, Charles Phelps Taft, Charles W. Harkness and William L. Harkness.

Yale University private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Wolf's Head Society is a senior society at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Membership recomposes annually with sixteen Yale University students, typically rising male and female seniors. The delegation spends its year together answerable to an alumni association. Though Yale now counts upwards of 40 societies or similarly organized social clubs active on campus, Wolf's Head is considered a desirable one and relevant among current undergraduates.

Rev. James Smith Bush was an American attorney, Episcopal priest, religious writer, and an ancestor of the Bush political family. He was the father of business magnate Samuel Prescott Bush, grandfather of former U.S. Senator Prescott Bush, great-grandfather of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and great-great-grandfather of former U.S. President George W. Bush and Governor Jeb Bush.

Merritt was a member of the New York State Assembly (St. Lawrence Co., 2nd D.) in 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911 and 1912; and was Majority Leader from 1908 to 1910, Minority Leader in 1911, and Speaker in 1912.

New York State Assembly lower house of the New York State Legislature

The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State Legislature, the New York State Senate being the upper house. There are 150 seats in the Assembly, with each of the 150 Assembly districts having an average population of 128,652. Assembly members serve two-year terms without term limits.

125th New York State Legislature

The 125th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 1 to March 27, 1902, during the second year of Benjamin B. Odell, Jr.'s governorship, in Albany.

126th New York State Legislature

The 126th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 7 to April 23, 1903, during the third year of Benjamin B. Odell, Jr.'s governorship, in Albany.

He was an alternate delegate to the 1908 Republican National Convention, and a delegate to the 1912 Republican National Convention.

1908 Republican National Convention

The 1908 Republican National Convention was held in Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois on June 16 to June 19, 1908. It convened to nominate a successor to the popular GOP President, Theodore Roosevelt and his Vice President, Charles W. Fairbanks.

1912 Republican National Convention

The 1912 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held at the Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, from June 18 to June 22, 1912. The party nominated President William H. Taft and Vice President James S. Sherman for re-election.

He was elected to the 62nd United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George R. Malby, and was elected at the same time to the 63rd United States Congress, holding office from November 5, 1912 until his death on December 4, 1914 in Potsdam, New York. He was buried at Pierrepont Hill Cemetery in Pierrepont, N.Y.

62nd United States Congress

The Sixty-second United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, DC from March 4, 1911, to March 4, 1913, during the third and fourth years of William H. Taft's presidency.

George R. Malby American politician

George Roland Malby was an American politician from New York. He was Speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1894, and served three terms in Congress.

63rd United States Congress

The Sixty-third United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, D.C. from March 4, 1913, to March 4, 1915, during the first two years of Woodrow Wilson's presidency. The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives was based on the Thirteenth Census of the United States in 1910. Both chambers had a Democratic majority.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Benjamin A. Babcock
New York State Assembly
St. Lawrence County, 2nd District

1902–1912
Succeeded by
John A. Smith
Preceded by
Sherman Moreland
Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly
1908–1910
Succeeded by
Al Smith
Preceded by
Daniel D. Frisbie
Minority Leader in the New York State Assembly
1911
Succeeded by
Al Smith
Preceded by
Daniel D. Frisbie
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1912
Succeeded by
Al Smith
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George R. Malby
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 26th congressional district

1912–1913
Succeeded by
Edmund Platt
Preceded by
Sereno E. Payne
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

1913–1914
Succeeded by
Bertrand H. Snell

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