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Schuyler MERRITT

(1853-1953)

MERRITT, Schuyler, a Representative from Connecticut; born in New York City, December 16, 1853; moved with his parents to Stamford, Conn., in 1855; prepared for college at private schools in that city; was graduated from Yale College, New Haven, Conn., in 1873, and from Columbia Law School, New York City, in 1876; interested in the manufacture of locks and keys and also engaged in banking 1877-1917; member of the Connecticut constitutional convention in 1904; member of the State board of education 1910-1916; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1916; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ebenezer J. Hill; reelected to the Sixty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1917, to March 3, 1931; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930; again elected to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; continued his interests in the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co. and the First Stamford National Bank; died in Stamford, Conn., April 1, 1953; interment in Woodland Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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