MERRICK, William M., (1818 - 1889)


MERRICK, William M., (son of William Duhurst Merrick), a Representative from Maryland; born near Faulkner, Charles County, Md., September 1, 1818; was graduated from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1831; studied law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; admitted to the bar in Baltimore in 1839; commenced practice in Frederick, Md., in 1844; deputy attorney general for Frederick County, Md., 1845-1850; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1854; associate justice of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, 1854-1863; resumed the practice of law in Maryland; professor of law at Columbian College (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1866 and 1867; delegate to the Maryland state constitutional convention of 1867; member of the Maryland state house of delegates in 1870; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Forty-third Congress in 1872; resumed the practice of law; associate judge of the supreme court of the District of Columbia by appointment of President Cleveland, 1885-1889; died in Washington, D.C., February 4, 1889; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C.; reinterred at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.