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.

Life[edit]

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

He died on December 4, 1914, in Potsdam, New York; and was buried at Pierrepont Hill Cemetery in Pierrepont, N.Y.

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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
United States 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