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MELVILLE, HENRY

Lawyer; b. Nelson, N. H., Aug. 25, 1858; s. Josiah
H. and Nancy R. (Nesmith) Melville; grad. Dartmouth
Coll., A.B., 1879, Harvard Univ., A.M. and LL.B.,
{cum laude), 1884. Admitted to N. Y. Bar, 1885. Served
as capt. Co. A, Eighth Reg't, N.GjN.Y., and was
capt. of Co. A, Eighth Reg't, N. Y. Infantry Vols,
during Spanish-Am. War. Pres. N. Y. State B'd of
mg'rs of Reformatories (having in charge Elmira
and Napanoch). Mem. Ass'n Bar City of N. Y., Phi
Beta Kappa Soc, Soc. of Colonial Wars, Sons of Revo-
lution, Naval and Mil. Order of the Spanish-Am. War.
Clubs: University, Republican, Dartmouth, N. Y. City.
Address: 45 Cedar St., N. Y. City.

MENDELSON, WALTER

Physician; b. Germantown, Philadelphia, April 9,
1857; s. 3. and Rebecca (MoGarr) Mendelson; ed. Co-
lumbia Univ., Sch. of Mines, class of 1877. Coll. of Phys.
and Surg. (Columbia), M.D., 1879; m. May 28, 1885, Mary
Wharton, of Germantown, Philadelphia; children:
Elizabeth, Frances, Dorothy, Lewis, Anna. Practising
medicine in N. Y. City since 1879. Mem. B'd of
trustees, Columbia Univ. Address: 159 W. 74th St..
N. Y. City.

MENDENHALL, HARLAN GEORGE

Clergyman; b. Coatesville, Pa.; s. Col. W. B. lien-
denhall and Susan A. (Harlan) Mendenhall; ed. Willis-
ton Sem., Easthampton, Mass., Lafayette Coll., West-
ern Theol. Sem., A.M., D.D.; m. N. Y. City, May 25,
1904, Lillian H. Peck, d. Rev. Aaron and Julia (Man-
ning) Peck. Has served as pastor Presby'n churches;
3d, Fort Wayne, Ind. ; 6th, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Greene Av.,
Brooklyn; 1st, Kansas City, Kan.; Perth Amboy, N. J.;
West 23d St., N. Y. City. Asso. editor Springfield Re-
publican. Author: Presbyterianism in Perth Amboy.
Mem. Pa. Soc. of N. Y.; Kansas Soc. of N. Y., Mil.
Order Loyal Legion (Pa. Commandery), Sigma Chi
fraternity, Lafayette Coll. Alumni Ass'n of N. Y. City.
Pres. N. Y. Presby'n Ministers' Ass'n. Club: Union
League (N. Y. City). Address: 311 W. 75th St. N. Y.
City.

MENDES, FREDERICK DE SOLA

Clergyman; b. Montego Bay, Jamaica, W. Indies.
July S, 1S50; s. Rev. Abraham Pereira and Eliza (de
Sola) Mendes; prep, ed'n Northwick Coll., London,
Univ. Coll. Sch., London; grad. Univ. of London, 1S69;
studied Univ. of Breslau and Jewish Theol. Sem.,
Breslau, Germany; Univ. of Jena, Germany, Ph.D.
App't'd preacher, Great St. Helena's Synagogue, Lon-
don, 1873; arrived in America Dec, 1873: rabbi West
End Synagogue since Jan. 1, 1S74; m. New York City,
Feb. 14, 1877, Isabel Frances Cohen, of Charleston,
S. C. Founded, 1879, and was editor until 1SS5, Ameri-
can Hebrew (newspaper). Was on staff of Jewish
Encyclopedia as revising editor and chief of transla-
tion bureau until Sept., 1902; one of revising editors
of New Bible Translation of the Am. Jewish Publica-
tion Soc. Author: Child's First Bible, Outlines of
Scripture History, A Hebrew's Reply to the Mission-
aries. Wrote articles: Jews, Judaism (Ency. Ameri-
cana), American Judaism (Jewish Ency.), (Johnson's
Ency.), and many monographs on Jewish and theo-
logical subjects. Address: 154 W. 82d St., N. Y. City.

MENDES, HAIM (HENRY) PEREIRA

Clergyman; b. in England, 1852; s. Abraham Pereira
and Eliza (de Sola) Mendes; ed. Northwick Coll., Univ.
of London, England; Univ. City of N. Y., M.D., Jewish
Theol. Sem., D.D. ; m. N. Y. City, 1890, Rosalie Lopez
Zacuto Piza, of St. Thomas, D. W. I.; children: Abra-
ham Piza, b. 1894; S. Pereira, b. 1899. Minister Span-
ish and Portuguese Congregation, Manchester, Eng-
land, 1874-1877; Minister Spanish and Portuguese Con-
gregation, N. Y. City, since 1877. Mem. Purity Soc;
mem. Com. of 14 (Raines Law Abuses), Com. of Ful-
ton Soc, Exec. Com. of 250th Anniversary of Jewish
Settlement. V.-p. Guild for Crippled Children; mem.
Am. Jewish Com; one of founders Am. Hebrew
(weekly); of N. Y. B'd of Jewish Ministers (sec. and
pres. for 25 years); of East Side Guild for Crippled
Children; of Young Women's Hebrew Ass'n; convened
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fiore's 100th anniversary, resulting in establishment
of Monteflore Home for Chronic Invalids; convened
meeting to fittingly commemorate 250th anniversary
of Jewish Settlement in America. Author: TTie Bible
Ethically Presented: The Jewish Religion Ethically
Presented: Looking- Ahead (Zionistic); Stories About
the Bible, but not in the Bible; In Old Egypt; Hebrew
Primer: Hebrew Grammar Notes; England and
America; Zionism: Why I am a Jew; The Solution of
War; Spiritual Zionism; The Lifting of the Veil; Posi-
tion of Women in Jewish Law and Custom; The
Sphere of Congregational Work, etc. Pres. Union of
Orthodox Jewish Congregations of U. S. and Canada;
v.-p. Alliance Israelite Universelle; v. -p. Federation
of Am. Zionists; v.-p. Guild for Crippled Children; dir.
Hebrew Relief Soc, Hebra Hesed Veemet, Heber Mis-
sion Sch. (a founder). Recreation: Literary work.
Mem. Albion Lodge, 26, F. and A. M. (chaplain) ; past
grand chaplain for State of X. Y. Clubs: British
Schools and Universities. Judeans. Address: 99 Cen-
tral Park, West, N. Y. City.

MENKEN, S. STANWOOD

Lawyer; b. Memphis, Tenn., 1870; s. N. D. and Sallie
(Andrews) Menken; ed. Cornell Univ. Actively en-
gaged in practice of law as mem. law firm of Beekman,
Menken & Griscom. Was candidate for City Court
judge in 1896, was chm'n org'n com. of Dem. State
League. Democrat. Mem. Ass'n Bar City of N. Y. -
mem. and chm'n Hall of Records Ass'n; mem. Chi Phi
fraternity. Clubs: Manhattan, City, Lawyers, Rich-
mond Countv, St. Andrew's, Oakland Golf, Cornell. Ad-
dress: 52 William St., N. Y. City.

MERCELIS, EDO E.

Lawyer; b. in Passaic Co., N. J., Mar. 29, 1S67; s. Edo
and Mary A. (Cushier) Mercelis; ed. Paterson (X. J.)
High Sch., Columbia Coll. Law Sch.; m. April 21, 1S97,
Jean Agnes, d. late Wm. M. Van Antwerp, of Albany,
N. Y. Admitted to N. Y. Bar, 1S90; examining counsel
Lawyers' Title Ins. and Trust Co. V.-p. estate of
Charles A. Coe Republican; Presby'n. Mem. B'd of
Mg'rs Prospect Park Branch, Y.M.C.A., Brooklyn. Rec-
reations: Golf, bicycling. Club: Whitehall Lunch.
Residence: 635 Second St., Brooklyn. Address: 69 Wall
St., X. Y. City.

MERCER, ALFRED CLIFFORD

Physician; b. Syracuse, N. Y., July 5, 1S55; s. Dr. Al-
fred and Delia (Lamphier) Mercer; ed. public schools,
Syracuse, 1S60-1S75, Syracuse Univ., M.D., 1878, SI.
Thomas' Hosp., London, England, 1878-1S81, Great Or-
mond Street Hosp. for Sick Children (London), 1890-
1891; urrmarried. Prof, pathology, 1886-1893, prof,
clinical pediatrics, 1893-1S94, prof, pediatrics since
1904, Syracuse Univ. Consulting physician, Children's
Clinic, Syracuse Free Dispensary; physician to chil-
dren's wards, Syracuse Hosp. for Women and Children.
Health officer, Syracuse, N. Y., 1883-1885. Contb'r to
med., microscopical and photographic periodicals. Au-
thor: An Experimental Study of Aperature as a Factor
in Microscopic Vision, 1S96. Mem. Nat. Ass'n for the
Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis: chm'n Milk
Comm'n of Onondaga Med. Soc, Fellow Royal Micros.
Soc, London. England; mem. Am. Micros. Soc; Am.
Med. Ass'n: N. Y. State Med. Soc; Central N. Y. Ass'n;
A. A. A. S. ; fellow Acad of Medicine, Syracuse, N Y. ;
corr. mem. Acad. Science, Rochester, X. Y. ; mem. Acad,
of Science, Syracuse; Onondaga Hist. Soc: hon. mem.
Syracuse Botanical Club. Clubs: Citizens, Fortnightly,
Thursday Night, Automobile. Address: 324 Montgom-
ery St., Syracuse, N. Y.

MERLE- SMITH, WILTON

Clergyman; b. Elmira, X. Y., April 18, 1S56: s. H.
Boardman (justice Supreme Court) and Ellen (Hays)
Smith; grad. Princeton Univ., A.B., 1877, D.D., 1889;
Auburn Theol. Sera., 1881; m. Nov. 19, 1885, Zaidee Van
Santvoord; children: Dorothv, Van Santvoord, Anita.
Pastor Presbv'n Ch., Cazenovia. N. Y., 1S81-18S4; First
Presby'n Ch., Cleveland, O., 1884-1889. Central Presby'n
Oh., X. Y. City, since 1SS9. Dir. Hudson River Day
Line. Dir. Union Theol. Sem., and Auburn Theol.
Sem., B'd of Home Missions J?resby'n Ch.; pres. Ch.
Extension Com. Mem. Xew England Soc. Clubs: Uni-
versity. Century. Princeton, Automobile of America,
Sleepv Hollow, Riding. Address: 29 W. 54th St.. X. Y.
City.

MERRELL, EDGAR S. K.

Jurist; elected justice Supreme Court for 5th Judicial
Dist. for term expiring Dec. 31, 1923; designated as
asso. justice Appellate Div., fourth dep't. May 16, 1913,
for term of 5 years. Address: Lowville, N. Y.

MERRELL, WILLIAM DAYTON

Educator, biologist; b. Brooklyn, X. Y Aug. 21, 1S69;
s. J. Davton and Clarissa O. (Justus) Merrell; grad.
Univ. of Rochester, A.B., 1891, Univ. of Chicago, Ph.D.,



1S9S; m. Stougliton, Wis., Sept. 6, I S9S. Winifred Boor-
man; children: Dayton Boorman, b. 1899, Margaret, b.
L904, Gregg Justus, b. 1904, Justin.'. I.. 19n7. lnstr.
Univ. of Chicago, 1896-1899; instr., 1899-1906; ass't prof,
biology since 1905, Univ. of Rochester. Republican.
Baptist. Corr. sec. Rochester Acad, of Science. Ad-
dress: University of Rochester, Rochester, X. Y.

MERRIAM, GEORGE ERNEST

Clergyman; b. Greenville, N. H., May 4, 1873; e.
George Franklin and Elizabeth (McGown) Merriam;
ed. A|.pleton Acad. New Ipswich, X. H., 18S7-1S91; grad.
Phillips Andover Acad., 1892, Amherst Coll., B.A., 1896,
Union Theol. Sem., class of 1899; m. Mt. Kisco, X. Y.,
Oct. 21, 1901, Julia Matilda Sypher. Ordained and in-
stalled pastor of Presby'n Ch. Mt. Kisco, X. Y., June
27, 1899, where remained until installed pastor of
Fourteenth St. Presby'n Ch., X. Y. City, June 6, 1906.
Became asso. pastor Greenwich Presby'n Ch., X. Y.
City, April 1. 1910, remaining until installed, 1911, in
present pastorate at Puritan (Cong'l) Ch., Brooklyn.
X. Y. Editor Dep't of Methods in the Church Econo-
mist. Sept., 1905-Dec 1906. and later of the Dep't of
Hints and Helps in Church Work in Xew York Ob-
server, 1907-1910. Mem. Presby'n Union, N. Y. City,
Cong'l Club, Brooklyn, Delta Upsilon fraternity, and
Kisco Lodge, F. and A. M. Address: 556 Greene Av.,
Brooklyn, X. Y.

MERRIAM, HENRY ESTES

Physician and surgeon; b. Waverly, X. Y., May 21,
1S69; s. Henry G. and Fannie W. (Cummings) Mer-
riam; grad. Cornell Univ., 1892, X. Y. Homce. Med.
Coll., M.D., 1S94; m. Marathon, X. Y., July 29, 1899,
Helena Hulbert Hazen. Engaged in practice at Ith-
aca, X. Y., from graduation. Med. expert State B'd of
Health. Republican; Presby'n. Mem. Am. Inst.
Homoeopathy, X. Y. State Homce. Med. Soc, X. Y.
State Med. Soc, Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Address:
Ithaca, X. Y.

MERRIAM, JOSEPH EDWIN

Lawyer; b. Greenville, X. H.. July 7, 1876; s. Rev.
George Franklin and Elizabeth (McGown) Merriam;
ed. Greenville common schs., Appleton Acad., Xew
Ipswich, N. H.; grad. Phillips Acad., Andover, Mass.,
1892; Amherst Coll., A.B., 1896; Boston University Law
Sch., Harvard Law Sch., Yale Law Sch., and X. Y.
Univ. Law Sch.; m. Mount Kisco, X. Y., Mar. 8, 1906,
Lulu Miller. Admitted to Xew York Bar, July 25, 1901.
Traveled in S. America for Western mining syndicate,
examining title to mines, and obtaining rubber con-
cessions, particularly in Peru and Bolivia, obtaining
options, etc. Town clerk of Town of Bedford, West-
chester Co., X. Y., since 1905. Republican. Mem.
Westchester Co. Bar Ass'n, Delta Upsilon fraternity.
Mason. Address: Mount Kisco, X. Y.

MERRILL, CYRUS STRONG

Physician and surgeon; b. Bridport, Vt., Sept. 21, 1847;
s. Edward H. and Sarah Wilson (Strong) Merrill; grad.
Amherst Coll., A.B., A.M.; Coll. Phys. and Surg. (Co-
lumbia), M.D.; post-grad, student Univ. of Zurich, Vi-
enna, Heidelberg, Paris, London; m. Warrensburgh, X.
Y., Oct. 12, 1875, Mary E. Griffin; one d. living, Grace
C. Merrill. Engaged in medical practice from gradua-
tion; also extensively interested in mf'g business as
pres. Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Co., pres. and treas.
Thomson Pulp and Paper Co., treas. Am. Carbide Co.
Mem. Am. Ophthalmol. Soc, Am. Otol. Soc, X. Y. State
Med. Soc, Albany Co. Med. Soc. Republican; Episco-
palian. Mem. Chi Psi and Xu Sigma Xu fraternities.
Recreation: Travel. Clubs: Fort Orange, University.
Residence: 248 State St. Address: 27 S. Hawk St., Al-
bany, X. Y.

MERRILL, EDWARD BAGLEY

Lawyer; b. Xew Bedford, Mass., Jan. 25, 1835; s.
Edward and Mary (Converse) Merrill; attended Phil-
lips Exeter Acad.; grad. Bowdoin Coll., A.B., 1857;
A.M., 1859; Harvard Law Sch.. 1S59; m. Xew Bedford,
Mass., Sept. 12, 1861, Marv Elizabeth Gibbs; one son:
Edward Gibbs, b. 1875. Admitted to N. Y. Bar, 1860,
and since then engaged in gen. law practice. Inde-
pendent; Unitarian. V.-p. X. Y. Colonization Soc;
mem. Exec. Com. X. Y. Prison Ass'n; mem. Phi Beta
Kappa. Club: University. Address: 52 Broadway, X.
Y. City.

MERRILL, EDWIN GODFREY

Banker; b. Bangor, Me., Xov. 21, 1873; s. Isaac H.
and Ada Frances (Godfrey) Merrill; ed. Bangor High
Sch., 18S9. Phillips Exeter Acad, (honor man), 1891;
Harvard Coll., A.B., 1895 (hon. mention in French and
history); m. Irvington-on-Hudson, X. Y., Jan. 21, 1902,
Adelaide Isabel Katte; children: Edwin Katte. b. 1902;
Dudley, b. 1904: Adele Katte. b. 1909. With Merrill &
Co., Bangor. 1896-1898; Kountze Bros.. N. Y. City. 1898;
Estabrook & Co.. N. Y., 1898-1901; mn'g partner Merrill



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& Co., Bangor, 1901-1903; organized and became pres.
Merrill Trust Co., 1903; bank merged with Veazie Nat.
Bank (of which was pres.), 1908; v.-p. Central Trust
Co., N. Y., 1909-1910; pres. Union Trust Co., since 1910.
Trustee for U. S. Allianz Ins. Co., Ltd., of Berlin, Cale-
donian Ins. Co. of Edinburgh, and Atlas Assurance Co.,
Ltd., London; trustee Greenwich Savings Bank; dir.
Merrill Trust Co. of Bangor, Me., Hanover Nat. Bank,
Nat. Park Bank, Missouri Pacific R'y, St. Louis. Iron
Mountain & Southern R'y, Washington Water Power
Co. Mem. Mil. Order Loyal Legion, Chambe'r of Com-
merce, Central Council Charity Org'n Soc. ; trustee Five
Points House of Industry, Hosp. Saturday and Sunday
Ass'n; treas. Children's Aid Soc. Clubs: Union, Met-
ropolitan, University, Down Town, The Recess, Har-
vard (N. T. City). Harvard Union (Cambridge), Tar-
ratine (Bangor), Tennis and Racquet (Boston). Resi-
dence: Bedford Hills, N. T. Address: 80 Broadway, N.
Y. City.

MERRILL, WILLIAM BRADFORD

Journalist; b. Salisbury, N. H., Feb. 27, 1861; s.
Horatio and Sarah Bradford (Whitman) Merrill; ed.
Boston Latin Sen., preparatory to Harvard; finished
ed'n under private instructors, Paris, France, two
years, 1877-1878; m. Philadelphia, Sept. 12, 1882, Sara
Ann Louise Tavlor of Washington, D. C. ; children:
Bradford, b. 1883, Elizabeth Reynolds, b. 1886, Dorothy
Susan, b. 1891. Began Journalism as reporter, Phila-
delphia North American, 1879; staff corr. Philadelphia
Press, 1880, resigned to write book for Nat. Railway
Publishing Co.; traveled over U. S., 1880-1881; re-
turned to Philadelphia Press as telegraph editor, 1882,
dramatic and Sunday editor, 1883-1885, ass't mn'g
editor, 1886, mn'g editor, 1887-1891; v.-p. and gen. mg'r
N. T. Press. 1892-1894; mn'g editor N. Y. World. 1895-
1901; financial mg'r N. Y. World, 1902-1906. Trustee
S. S. McClure (Magazine) Company. Resigned both
positions Feb.. 1907, to become mg'r of the News and
Business Dep'ts of the N. Y. American. Independent
Republican; Episcopalian. Club: Players. Residence:
Great Neck, L. I. Address: New York American
Office, N. Y. City.

MERRILL, WILLIAM PIERSON

Clergyman; b. Orange, N. J., Jan. 10, 1867; s. George
and Emily Dodge (Abbot) Merrill; grad. Rutgers Coll.,
A.B., 1887, A.M., 1890; D.D., 1904 (mem. Phi Beta Kappa
Soc); m. Chicago, Sept. 15, 1896, Clara Seymour Hel-
mer; children: Helmer, b. 1899 (died 1907); Ernest, b.
1904; William Pierson, Jr., b. 1909. Pastor Trinity
Presby'n Ch., Chestnut Hill, Phila., 1890-1895; Sixth
Presby'n Ch., Chicago, 1895-1911; Brick Presby'n Ch.,
N. Y., since 1911. Progressive. Mem. Delta Upsilon
fraternity. Mem. Religious Ed'n Assn, Presby'n B'd
of Foreign Missions, City Mission Soc. N. Y. Clubs:
Century Ass'n, Dunwoodie Golf, Kenwood Country
(Chicago). Residence: 112 E. 36th St. Address: 412
Fifth Av., N. Y. City.

MERRIMAN, JAMES DAVID

Lawyer; b. Litchfield, Me., July 11, 1867; s. Eli and
Almeda A. (Gilman) Merriman; grad. Bewdoin Coll.,
A.B., 1892; A.M., 1895; N. Y. Law Sen., LL.B., 1899
Principal Gould's Acad., Bethel, Me., 1892-1894. Trav-
eled in Europe 1895. Graduate work in Sch. of Polit
Science. Columbia Univ., 1885-1898. Mayor's Marshal
under Mayor Low, 1901-1903. Mem. firm Merriman &
Roberts, attys; Pres. Suburban Homes Co.; sec. Wesley
House Settlement; att'y for Humane Soc. of N. Y.;
mem. Squadron A, N.G.N.Y. Republican; Methodist.
Mem. N. Y. County Lawyers' Ass'n, Maine Soc, N. E.
Soc. Recreations: Riding, shooting. Clubs: Alpha
Delta Phi and Squadron A. Address: 2 Rector St., N.
Y. City.

MERRIMAN, MANSFIELD

Civil eng'r; b. Southington, Conn., March 27, 1848; s.
Mansfield and Lucy Merriman; ed. Yale (Sheffield Sci-
entific School), Ph.B.. 1871; Ph.D., Yale Univ., 1876;
Sc.D., Univ. of Pa., 1907. Ass't eng'r U. S. Corps of
Eng'rs, 1872-1873; lnstr. civil eng'ring Sheffield Scien-
tific School, Yale, 1875-1876; prof, civil eng'ring
Lehigh Univ., 1878-1907; since then in N. Y. City
as consulting eng'r; since 1908 editor-in-chief of Am.
Civil Engineers' Pocket Book. Mem.. Am. Soc. Civil
Eng'rs, Am. Philos. Soc; past pres. Soc. for Promotion
of Eng'ring Ed'n; past pres. Am. Soc. for Testing Ma-
terials; fellow A.A.A.S. and v.-p. of its eng'ring sec-
tion, 1894. Author: Method of Least Squares, 1884
(8th ed., 1904); Mechanics of Materials, 1885 (10th
edition, 1907); Treatise on Hydraulics, 1889 (8th edi-
tion, 1906); Roofs and Bridges (with H. S. Jacoby)-,
1890; Strength of Materials, 1897 (5th edition, 1907);
Elements of Sanitary Engineering, 1898 (3d edition.
1907); Precise Surveying and Geodesy, 1899; Elements
of Mechanics, 1905. Address: 1071 Madison Ave., N. Y.
City.



MERRISS, WILLIAM ELLERY

Corporation official; b. Newton, Mass., Aug. 14, 1861;
s. Charles F. and Minerva S. (Hawthorne) Merriss; ed.
public sens, of Boston. Mass.; m. Pueblo, Colo., Sept.,
1888, May L. Buckland; children: Marlon Hawthorne,
b 1890; Margaret Grace, b. 1892. V.-p. and dir. West-
ern Mining Co.; sec. and dir. Am. Smelters Securities
Co.; sec. Am. Smelting & Refining Co., U. S. Zinc Co.;
ass't sec. Selby Smelting & Lead Co.. Tacoma Smelting
Co. Past Master Aurora Grata Lodge of Masons,
Brookl/n; Sovereign Prince Aurora Grata Council of
Princes of Jerusalem, Brooklyn. Recreation: Tennis.
Clubs: Crescent Athletic (Brooklyn). Masonic of
Brooklyn (v.-p. and sec). Residence: 346 Stuyvesant
Av., Brooklyn. Address: 165 Broadway, N. Y. City.

MERRITT, DOUGLAS

Lawyer; b. N. Y., Dec. 4, 1847; s, George (merchant
of N. Y.) and Julia (Douglas) Merritt; descendant of
Thomas Merritt, of Rye, Westchester County, 1670;
ed. McMullen's Sch. and Columbia Grammar Sch.;
grad. Columbia College Law Sch., 1874; Hobart Coll.,
hon. M.A., 1889; m. 1876, Elizabeth Cleveland, d. Rt.
Rev. Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Bishop of Western N. Y.;
children: Ethel Douglas, Alan Douglas. In 187o, pur-
chased country place, Leacote, near Rhinebeck, and
made residence there. Has traveled extensively
abroad and in America. Republican (independent).
Episcopalian. Trustee of public school; vestryman
for 25 vears of Ch. of Messiah, Rhinebeck; delegate
for 30 years to N. Y. Diocesan Conv. ; trustee of Ho-
bart Coll.; fellow Royal Geog. Soc, London; life mem.
N. Y. Hist. Soc. and N. Y. Geneal. Soc; mem. Soc. Co-
lonial Wars, N. E. Soc, Sons of Revolution. Clubs:
Church, Nat. Arts (N. Y. City); Metropolitan (Wash-
ington, D. C). Address: Leacote, Rhinebeck, N. Y.

MERRITT, EDWIN A., JR.

Lawyer, mfr, mem. Congress; b. Pierrepont, St.
Lawrence Co., N. Y., July 25, 1860; grad. Potsdam
Normal Sch., class of 1879; Yale Coll., B.A., class of
1884, mem. law firm of Merritt & Ingram; was deputy
consul gen. at London, 1885; supervisor of the town of
Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., 1896-1903; elected to
N Y. State Assembly, representing the second as-
sembly dist. of St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., 1902, and
served continuously for all years until 1912. Rep.
leader of assembly, 1908, and served as such until
1912, when elected speaker of the assembly, which po-
sition held at time of election to 62d Congress; re-
elected to 63d Congress, 1912. Address: Potsdam, St.
Lawrence Co., N. Y.

MERRITT, ERNEST

Professor; b. Indianapolis, Ind., Apr. 28, 1865; 6.
George and Pauline Tait (McClung) Merritt; grad.
Cornell Univ., ME., 1886; m. Kansas City, Mo., April
10, 1901, Bertha A. Sutermeister; children: Louise, b.
1904; Julia, b. 1908; Virginia, b. 1910; Grace, b. 1912.
In Calif. 2 years after graduation; graduate student
Cornell, 1889-1890; 1890, inst'r; ass't prof. 1893; prof.
1903; dean of Graduate School, since 1909. Mem.
A.A.A.S., Am. Physical Soc. (sec. 1899-1912, v.-p. 1913).
Address: 39 E. Av., Ithaca, N. Y.
MERRITT, WILLIAM JENKS

Banker and broker; b. 66 Mt. Vernon St., Boston; s.
Jerome Merritt, wealthy merchant and shipowner,
who in earlier years, as a civil eng'r, assisted in sur-
veying the second railroad in U. S. (from Mauch
Chunk to Pottsville, Pa.); descended in ninth genera-
tion from Henry Merritt, who was b. Seituate, Mass.,
died 1652, 2d John, 3d Henry, 4th Isaac, 5th Henry,
6th Aaron, 7th Bernard, who was Mr. Merritt's grand-
father and m. Martha Willard. Descended in tenth
generation from Richard Willard, 2d John, 3d Jacob
of Newtown, Mass. (soldier in the Narragansett
Expd'n, 1675), 4th Jonathan, 5th Jonathan, 6th Jona-
than (at the age of 17 was with expd'n against Crown
Point, and Lieut, in Revolutionary War), 7th Ephraim
(with his father in Rev'y War); Ephraim's daughter,
Majtha, m. Bernard Merritt, Mr. Merritt's grandfather.
In maternal ancestry descended in eighth generation,
from Joseph Jenks (ancient Welsh family Jenkyn-son
of John), Lynn, Mass., 1643 (first brass founder in
New England and most distinguished of iron workers
of Lynn, patented and built first saw mill (1648), made
dies for "Pine tree" silver money 1652, built first fire
engine for Boston, 1654. and patented scythe. 1655,
made first wire in Colonies (1667), through his 2d wife,
his son, 2d John (also famous iron worker), s. John 3d
(Capt. "Company of Horse,"), s. John 4th, to s. Sam-
uel 5th, Cambridge, Mass., who was the youngest Cap-
tain in the Provincial Army, serving in Ticonderoga
and Canada Campaigns, 1759-1760. s. William 6th
(Harvard. 1797), D.D., LL.D. author of 6-Vol. "Com-
prehensive Commentary of the Bible." one of the fore-
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on Staff of Lieut. Col. Reed, First Maine Regt. War
1812-1814, who was Mr. Merritt's grandfather, and
whose daughter Sarah Judith m. Jerome Merritt. Ed.
Chapman Hall Sch. (private), Boston; at beginning of
Civil War became mem. 2d Lieut. Mass. Rifle Club
from which 2d .Mass. Inf. was formed, elected 1st
Lieut. Co. C, (Color Co.) and afterwards commanded
the Co.; comm'd by Mass. War Governor John A. An-
drew; m. May, ls;i7. Nina, d. Friend Pitts (merchant
N. Y.). Mrs. Merritt's ancestor, Baruth Pitts, Mayor
of Lyme Regis. England, had a s. John, b. 166S, who
emigrated to Boston, where he became a merchant
and held several offices; his s. James m. Elizabeth,
sister of Gov. Bowdoin and was the executor of the
Gov's Estate after his death. James and Elizabeth
Pitts had three sons who all fought in the Revolu-
tionary Army, of whom Lendall Pitts, principal leader
of the Boston Tea Party, was the ancestor of Mrs.
Merritt. Ent'd business life in banking house of W.
F. Davis & Co., Boston; entered business on own ac-
count as broker in State St.; became treas. Boston
Fuse Co. and officially connected with Lake Superior
& Nova Scotia Mining" Co's, later transferred activities
to N. Y. City, became mg'r of several estates; dir.
Mercantile Library 18S5, and took active part in ex-
tension of its usefulness; trustee and v. -p. Hahne-
mann Hosp.: Mem. Chamber of Commerce, Republi-
can Club, 1889 served on Governing Com.; chm'n House
Com.: chm'n Lincoln Dinner Com.; mem. Lotos Club,
Union League Club (mem. House Com.. Admission
Com.). Address: Union League Club, N. Y. City.
MERSHON, RALPH DAVENPORT

Consulting eng'r; b. Zanesville, O., July 14, 1868; s.
Ralph S. and Mary J. (Jones) Mershon; ed. Zanesville
High Sch.. and after a year's experience in railroad
location and construction entered Ohio State Univ.,
from which was grad. M.E., 1890. Ass't in physics
during senior year, and ass't in elec. eng'ring, 1890-
1S91, Ohio State Univ. Entered laboratory of West-



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