Matthew F. Merritt

Matthew Franklin Merritt (March 2, 1815 – May 10, 1896) was a member of the Connecticut Senate representing the 12th District from 1859 to 1860.

Matthew Franklin Merritt
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 12th District
In office
1859–1860
Preceded byJulius Curtis
Succeeded byJulius Curtis
Personal details
Born(1815-03-02)March 2, 1815
Flushing, Queens, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 10, 1896(1896-05-10) (aged 81)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Resting placeWoodland Cemetery, Stamford, Connecticut
Spouse(s)Mariah Shaw
Children4, including Schuyler
ResidenceStamford, Connecticut
OccupationShip chief

Early lifeEdit

He was born on March 2, 1815 in Flushing, Queens.[1] He was the son of Nehemiah M. Merritt and Phebe (née Thorne) Merritt. His father was a dry goods merchant on Pearl Street in New York City.[2]

CareerEdit

Merritt was a member of the Connecticut Senate from the Connecticut's 12th Senate District.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Merritt was married to Mariah Shaw (1820–1901), the daughter of William Shaw and Clarissa (née Hoyt) Shaw. Together, they were the parents of:[4]

  • Amelia Merritt (1839–1915), who married William Frederick Skelding (1833–1885).[5]
  • Julia Merritt (1841–1908), who did not marry.
  • Adeline Gay Merritt (1846–1869), who did not marry.
  • Schuyler Merritt (1853–1953),[6] who also served in the Connecticut General Assembly from Stamford and, later, the U.S. House of Representatives.[7]

Merritt died on May 10, 1896 in Stamford, Connecticut.[8] He was buried.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Connecticut, Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F78T-DMW : accessed 28 May 2013), Mathew Franklin Merritt, 10 May 1896; citing reference , FHL microfilm 3169.
  2. ^ Wilson, Lynn Winfield (1929). History of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1639-1928. S.J. Clarke. pp. 52, 55. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ Roll of state officers and members of General Assembly of Connecticut, from 1776 to 1881
  4. ^ of 1871, Yale University Class (1901). History of Yale Class of 1873. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ Descendants of Robert Lockwood: Colonial and Revolutionary History of the Lockwood Family in America, from A.D. 1630. Printed privately by the family. 1889. p. 464. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  6. ^ Times, Special To The New York (2 April 1953). "SCHUYLER MERRITT DEAD IN STAMFORD | Banker, 99, Oldest Graduate of Yale, Parkway Creator Was in Congress Nine Terms". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  7. ^ "MERRITT, Schuyler - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Matthew F. Merritt". Hartford Courant. May 12, 1896. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  9. ^ Times, Special To The New York (5 April 1953). "MERRITT RITES HELD; Former Associates at Service for Connecticut Leader". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  10. ^ Times, Special To The New York (15 April 1953). "Merritt's Will Up for Probate". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 May 2017.

External linksEdit

Connecticut Senate
Preceded by
Julius Curtis
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
from the 12th District

1859–1860
Succeeded by
Julius Curtis