Samuel Augustus Merritt

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Samuel Augustus Merritt
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho Territory
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Jacob K. Shafer
Succeeded by John Hailey
Personal details
Born August 15, 1827
Staunton, Virginia
Died September 8, 1910(1910-09-08) (aged 83)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney

Samuel Augustus Merritt (August 15, 1827 – September 8, 1910) was an American politician who served as a California legislator, as a Congressional Delegate from Idaho Territory, and as a judge in Utah Territory.

Born in Staunton, Virginia, Merritt was graduated from Washington College, Lexington, Virginia, in 1848. He moved to Mariposa County, California in 1849, and was county clerk and public administrator in 1850. He served as a member of the California State Assembly in 1851 and 1852, representing Mariposa and Tulare counties. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice. He served in the State Senate 1857-1862. He moved to the Territory of Idaho in 1862.

Merritt was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1873); he was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1872. He moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1873 and engaged in mining operations and the practice of law. He was city attorney 1888-1890, and served as a member of the Democratic National Committee in 1892. He was chief justice of the supreme court of the Territory of Utah 1894-1896. He died in Salt Lake City at age 83, and was interred in Salt Lake City Cemetery.


Political offices
Preceded by
District created
California State Assemblyman, 10th District
(with H. S. Richardson, then Thomas E. Ridley)
Succeeded by
Samuel Bell, Philemon T. Herbert
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jacob K. Shafer
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho

Succeeded by
John Hailey

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website