Founder of Merritt Manufacturing Company, alderman of Lockport. He lived on the Merritt Farm in Newfane until 26. Went to NYC as a grocery clerk for a year. In 1866 he moved back to Lockport from West Somerset.
He worked with Mr. Merritt and Thompson Mann on Locus Street. It was a retail business until 1869. In 1870 he entered the implement business with Mr. Mann and began to manufacture of threshing machines and later on the Niagara mower. In 1882 they built the stone machine shop buildings on the bank of the Hydraulic raceway which supplied power via cable to other businesses across the street. The shop building was originally used to make staves and handles and in 1884 he organized the I.E. Merritt Machinery Co. He retired in 1894 when the business was destroyed by fire.
He served for 14 years on the Railroad Commission and was the largest shareholder in the Lockport & Buffalo Railway. The