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 William Rush Merriam

William Rush Merriam

Birth
Wadhams, Essex County, New York, USA
Death 18 Feb 1931 (aged 81)
Port Sewall, Martin County, Florida, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Section 10, Lot 6, Grave 6
Memorial ID 14905604 · View Source
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Governor. Republican Governor of Minnesota 1889-1893, and Director of the U.S. Census Bureau 1899-1903, which included the 1900 Decennial count. Merriam is considered the "father" of the modern-day U.S. Census Bureau. He helped convince the U.S. Congress to make the Census Bureau a permanent full-time government agency (1902), and served as its first Director in that new designation. Merriam instituted professional businesslike statistical-gathering policies which formed the foundation by which the U.S. Census Bureau operates to this day. Born in Wadham's Mills, NY, Merriam was a banker by profession and received his A.B. degree at Racine College in Racine, WI in 1871. He then joined the Merchants National Bank in St. Paul, MN, and became its president in 1882. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives beginning in 1883 and was its Speaker in 1887. He was elected Governor of Minnesota and served two terms, from January 1889 until January, 1893. Father: John L. Merriam. Spouse: Laura Hancock (m. 1872).

Bio by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian



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  • Originally Created by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian
  • Added: 12 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14905604
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Rush Merriam (26 Jul 1849–18 Feb 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14905604, citing Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .