Merrill, Samuel, 1792-1855
- Existence: 1792 - 1855
Samuel Merrill a native of Peacham, Vermont, was an early lawyer and leading citizen of Indiana, who served as state treasurer from 1822 to 1834. Merrill attended Dartmouth College, and in 1816 settled in Vevay, Indiana, where he established a law practice and served in the Indiana General Assembly as a representative from Switzerland County (1821–22). Merrill resigned his position as state treasurer in 1834 to become the president of the State Bank of Indiana (1834–44); he also served as the president of the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad Company (1844–48) and head of the Merrill Publishing Company, which later became the Bobbs-Merrill Company. In addition to his government service and business ventures, Merrill was the second president of the Indiana Historical Society (1835–48), a founder and trustee of Wabash College, and an elder in the Second Presbyterian and Fourth Presbyterian churches in Indianapolis.
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Samuel Merrill's correspondence, primarily with members of his family. He discusses various family matters, describes school teachin in York, Pennsylvania, and reflects on political atmosphere in 1812. One letter describes attendence at an anti-slavery meeting in 1834 at which Lewis Tappan gave and address. Reference to the Dartmouth College Case is also made.
Ten-page short dialogue involving three characters by Samuel Merrill.