Hon. Merwin K. Hart, of Utica, is active in the management and control of various important enterprises
and has served in the state legislature for two terms. His birth occurred in this city on the 25th of June, 1881,
his parents being H. Gilbert and Lucy Lord (Kimball) Hart, the former a native of Utica and the latter of Lewis
county, New York. He supplemented his early education, obtained in the Utica schools, by a course of study in St.
Paul's School at Concord, New Hampshire, where he remained for a number of years. In 1900 he entered Harvard University,
which institution conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1904. Subsequently he spent six months abroad,
continuing his studies in Goettingen, Germany.
On returning home he became connected with the firm of Hart-Crouse Company, of which his father is the president,
and of which he has since served as vice president and director. He is likewise a director of the New York Radiator
Company of Utica, the Chamber of Commerce and the First National Bank. His great grandfather, Ephraim Hart, was
a director of the last named institution one hundred years ago. In 1905, in association with others, M. K. Hart
formed the Industrial Library League, which organization was a potent factor in the development of the industrial
library interests of the city. In 1906 he was chairman of a special committee of the Chamber of Commerce appointed
for the purpose of improving and beautifying Utica. The committee brought to this city Frederick Law Olmstead,
of Boston, and with his assistance planned a comprehensive and effective course of action. Mr. Hart is a member
of the executive committee of the National Municipal League and, in association with others, recently formed a
municipal league in Utica.
On the 20th of November, 1909, Mr. Hart was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Margaret Crouse, a daughter of
D. N. Crouse. They are valued members of St. Luke's Episcopal church, Mr. Hart serving as junior warden. Fraternally
he is identified with the Masons, belonging to Utica Lodge, No. 47, A. F. & A. M., which was instituted in
1816 and of which his father, grandfather and great grandfather were members, the latter being one of its charter
members and also one of its first officers. Mr. Hart likewise belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks and to Samuel Reed Lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He is, moreover, a well known member of the Fort Schuyler
Club, the Arcanum Club, the Masonic Club, the Yalmundahsis Golf Club, the Sangerfield Country Club, the University
Club of New York and the Republican Club of New York.
In 1906 Mr. Hart was signally honored by election to the New York assembly from a democratic district and served
for two terms. He was first elected by a majority of forty eight and, having proven his powers in the assembly,
was chosen for a second term by a plurality of fifteen hundred. He favored Governor Hughes and supported him in
his various measures and also introduced the race track bill In 1908 he was a candidate for the Republican nomination
for state senator, but met with defeat. In January, 1909, the Republican League of Oneida county was formed, and
Mr. Hart has been its chief executive officer to the present time. His strong purpose and inherent worth have carried
him into important business and political connections and he is justly accounted one of the leading residents of
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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