Matthew J. Merritt

Matthew Joseph Merritt (April 2, 1895 New York City – September 29, 1946 Malba, Queens, NYC) was an American politician from New York.

Matthew J. Merritt, New York Congressman


He attended the schools of New York City, and enlisted in the United States Army for World War I. as a sergeant in Company C, 327th Tank Battalion, a unit of the newly organized Tank Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces.

After the war Merritt engaged in the real estate and insurance businesses in New York City from 1926 to 1933, and served with the New York loan agency of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in 1933 and 1934.

In 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940 and 1942, Merritt was elected at-large as a Democrat to the 74th, 75th, 76th, 77th and 78th United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1935, to January 3, 1945. Afterwards he resumed his work in real estate and insurance.

He was buried at the Mount St. Mary's Cemetery in Whitestone, New York.


  • United States Congress. "Matthew J. Merritt (id: M000661)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Matthew J. Merritt at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's at-large congressional seat

alongside Caroline O'Day and Winifred C. Stanley
Seat abolished