Biography of Fred J. Merriman
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Merriman, Fred J., Madrid, was born in Somerville, St. Lawrence county, July 9, 1856, a son of Lyman Merriman, a farmer of Gouveruour. His mother, Caroline H. daughter of Oren Freeman. The boyhood of our subject was spent in the towns of Rossie and Gouverneur. His parents moved on the farm in the latter town when Fred was seven years of age. His first education was received at the common schools, and when he was seventeen years old he was sent to Wesleyan Seminary in Gouverneur. His first occupation was a teacher, which he began in his nineteenth year. The year he was twenty one he went to Watertown, where he began the study of law in the office of McCartin & Williams. He was in the office as student and clerk about four and one half years, and was admitted to the bar January 9, 1880. He was in the office of H. M. Wilbur as clerk and practicing for himself about a year and a half and was with Henry Purcell then city recorder, a year and a half. In 1884 he moved to the village of Madrid, where he opened an office and established a practice that has since occupied his attention. The winter of 1879 he was clerk to the committee on printing, and committee on militia in the Assembly Chambers at Albany, September 1, 1890, Mr. Merriman was appointed by A. Von Landburg, deputy collector of Internal Revenue for the third Division of the 21st District, consisting of the counties of Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis, an office he has filled with satisfaction to his superiors and credit to himself. He is a retired member of the State militia, serving five years with the 39th Separate Company and retired as corporal. He married September 2, 1886, Edith T., daughter of the late O. C. Robinson of Madrid. They have one daughter, Jessie Viles.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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