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Samuel Merritt STEPHENSON

(1831-1907)

STEPHENSON, Samuel Merritt, (brother of Isaac Stephenson), a Representative from Michigan; born in Hartland, in Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada, December 23, 1831; moved with his parents to Maine, and later, in 1846, to Delta County, Mich., and engaged in lumbering; moved to Menominee, Mich., in 1858; interested in real estate, lumbering, general merchandising, and agricultural pursuits; was chairman of the board of supervisors of Menominee County for several years; member of the State house of representatives in 1877 and 1878; served in the State senate in 1879, 1880, 1885, and 1886; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1884 and 1888; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1897); resumed the lumber business; died in Menominee, Mich., July 31, 1907; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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

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