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Merriam, John L. "J.L."

House 1870-71 (District 1)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 2/6/1825 (uncertain)
Birth Place: New York
Birth County: Essex
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/12/1895
Gender: Male
Religion:
Other Names: J.L.
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Merchant

EDUCATION

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Government: Essex County, New York (County Treasurer); 1857 to 18??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Mahala Delano
Children: At least one child: William Rush (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
William Rush Merriam  - Son

GENERAL NOTES

He was of Scottish (English) ancestry.

Toensing and Minnesota Place Names list his birth year as 1825. Lives of the Governors of Minnesota, 1908 lists 1828.

John L. Merriam and his son William Rush Merriam both served as Speaker of the House.

He "was a leading republican of the state." (Burnquist, A.A. Minnesota and Its People, Volume 1. Chicago: The S.J. Clark Publishing Company, 1924, p. 320.)

The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1871 lists 1859 as the year he came to Minnesota. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1870 and Minnesota Place Names lists 1860. Other sources list 1861.

"He came to Minnesota in 1860, settling in St. Paul, where he engaged with J.C. Burbank and Capt. Russell Blakeley in the staging and expressing business. He helped to organize the First National Bank and the Merchants' National Bank of St. Paul and was president of the latter." (Minnesota Place Names, MHS, 2001.)

He came to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1861. (Burnquist, A.A. Minnesota and Its People, Volume 1. Chicago: The S.J. Clark Publishing Company, 1924, p. 320; Minnesota in Three Centuries, 1908, p. 36; Lives of the Governors of Minnesota, 1908, p. 307; Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)

The Merriam Park area of St. Paul, Minnesota was named for John L. Merriam and his son, William Rush Merriam.

He died in St. Paul, Minnesota.



Map of Saint Paul
Saint Paul, MN
Total Days Served: 728

SESSIONS SERVED

13th Legislative Session (1871)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 01
Elected: 11/8/1870
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/3/1871 to 1/1/1872
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Republican Party Notes: He "was a leading republican of the state." (Burnquist, A.A. Minnesota and Its People, Volume 1. Chicago: The S.J. Clark Publishing Company, 1924, p. 320.)
Committees:
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House

12th Legislative Session (1870)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 01
Elected: 11/2/1869
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/4/1870 to 1/2/1871
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Merchant
Party: Republican Party Notes: He "was a leading republican of the state." (Burnquist, A.A. Minnesota and Its People, Volume 1. Chicago: The S.J. Clark Publishing Company, 1924, p. 320.)
Committees:
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House