Biography of Merritt A. Switzer
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Merritt A. Switzer. - Among the able and highly successful attorneys of Oswego County is Merritt A. Switzer, of Pulaski. He is a native of Wayne County, born at Williamson, May 29, 1888, the son of Dr. William B. and Hattie. (Skellenger) Switzer.

Dr. William B. Switzer is a leading veterinarian of Oswego County and is secretary and treasurer of the Central New York Veterinary Medical Association. He was born in New York and spent his early life at Williamson. He is a graduate of Ontario Veterinary College and since 1899 has been located at Oswego. He also is a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Association. He is a Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, Frontier City Lodge, F. & A. M., and Knights of Pythias. Dr. and Mrs. Switzer's only child is Merritt A., the subject of this sketch.

The early education of Merritt A. Switzer was received in the public schools of Williamson and Oswego, being graduated from Oswego High School in 1906. He received the degree of LL. B. from the law school of Syracuse University in 1911, and after two years of practice in Oswego Mr. Switzer located at Fulton, N. Y. He came to Pulaski, April 1, 1915, as confidential clerk to the Hon. Judge Hubbs, who was at that time supreme court justice. Since that day Mr. Switzer has continued with Judgs Hubbs, who later served as justice of the Appellate division, Fourth department, and as presiding judge of the same court His present office is as associate judge of the Court of Appeals. Mr. Switzer has also continued in private practice in Pulaski and specializes in income tax reports. He has also served as attorney for the Central New York and New York State Veterinary Medical Associations. Mr. Switzer is active in Republican politics and was appointed village clerk of and attorney for Pulaski on April 1, 1931.

On Nov. 28, 1914, Mr. Switzer married Miss Jean Armour Muir, of Gowanda, N. Y., the daughter of Robert and Margaret (McBride) Muir, natives of Scotland and Canada respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Switzer are the parents of two children: 1. Edith Marie, born Sept. 9, 1919. 2. Merritt A., Jr., born June 27, 1921.

Mr. Switzer and his family are members of the Congregational Church and he belongs to Pulaski Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 415; Pulaski Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27, Past High Priest; Knights of Pythias; Phi Delta Phi fraternity; Phi Gamma Delta fraternity; and Rainbow Shores Country Club. He served as secretary of the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce for eight years.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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