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The Edwin A. Merritt Letters are open to all users and available in the reading room of the SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections. The collection is currently minimally processed.
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Edwin Atkins Merritt was born in 1828 to Nodiah and Relief Merritt. After moving to Northern New York Merritt took classes at the St. Lawrence Academy, and worked a variety of jobs including teaching and serveying. In 1859 Merritt was elected to the New York State Assembly.
Merritt served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and eventually served as the Quartermast General of New York. From 1871-1881 Merritt served as the Collector of the Port of New York, and served as the U.S. Consul General in London from 1881-1885.
As a member of the St. Lawrence Academy Board of Trustees, Merritt played a significant role in the locating of a Normal School in Potsdam.
Scope and Content
The collection contains two ledgers of bound ledgers that contain copies of Merritt's personal letters from his time as the US Consul General in London. The letters are handwritten on onion-skin paper and each ledger contains five-hundred sheets of paper.
Of potential interest, Julia Crane accompanied Merritt's family to London, and there are a number of letters written to members of the Crane family from Merritt.