House 1883-84 (District 27); House 1887-88 (District 26)
Party when first elected: Republican
Racine Academy, Wisconsin; Secondary; Racine College, Wisconsin; College Graduate; Class Valedictorian
Laura E. Hancock (married on October 2, 1872)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
John L. Merriam
He was of Scottish (English) and French ancestry.He came to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1861, with his father.William Rush Merriam and his father, John L. Merriam, both served as Speaker of the House."In the meantime, Mr. Merriam had become one of the young republican leaders of the state." (Minnesota and Its People, 1924, p. 320)In the race for Minnesota Governor in the 1888 election, "he was named by the republican caucus as its nominee." (Burnquist, A.A. Minnesota and Its People, Volume 1. Chicago: The S.J. Clark Publishing Company, 1924, p. 320.)The Merriam Park area of St. Paul, Minnesota was named for John L. Merriam and his son, William Rush Merriam.He died in Fort Sewall, Florida.He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.Religion provided by Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897.