Edwin Atkins Merritt

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Edwin Atkins Merritt, New York political figure.

Edwin Atkins Merritt (February 26, 1828 Sudbury, Rutland County, Vermont - December 26, 1916 Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York) was an American politician, civil service reformer and diplomat.


He was the son of Nodiah Merritt and Relief (Parker) Merritt. He was a member from St. Lawrence County of the New York State Assembly (St. Lawrence Co., 2nd D.) in 1860 and 1861. He served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Merritt was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867-68. in 1875, he ran on the Republican ticket for New York State Treasurer, but was defeated by Democrat Charles N. Ross.

Merritt was Collector of the Port of New York from 1878 to 1881, appointed as a part of President Rutherford B. Hayes's attempt to reform the civil service there. Merritt served as U.S. Consul General in London from 1882 to 1885. Returning to New York, he served as President of the Board of trustees of St. Lawrence University for several years.

His son Edwin Albert Merritt was a Congressman from New York.


Government offices
Preceded by
Chester A. Arthur
Collector of the Port of New York
1878 - 1881
Succeeded by
William H. Robertson