Merrill, Samuel E. 1822-1899
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Date: 6/10/2019 at 16:29:54
Los Angeles, Aug. 31 - Ex-Governor Samuel E. Merrill of Iowa died this evening at the age of 77 years. About a week ago Governor Merrill suffered a stroke of paralysis and but little hopes of his recovery were entertained. He was injured severely in an electric car accident over five months ago and he never entirely recovered from the shock.
Samuel Merrill was born at Turner, Maine, in 1822. He moved to Iowa about 1850 and in 1859 he entered the civil war and was appointed colonel of the Twenty-first Iowa volunteers.
After the war he engaged in mercantile and banking business and was president of several railroads in Iowa. In 1868 he was elected governor of Iowa, which office he held until 1872. He moved to southern California in 1888 and has resided here ever since, living in retirement for the past six years. He leaves a considerable fortune. A wife and two children survive him.
~The Fresno Republican, Fresno, California; Friday, September 1, 1899
Note: He died 8/31/1899 & is buried in Woodland cemetery, Des Moines. He moved to McGregor in 1856 and was elected governor from that place in 1868.
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