William Hilton Merritt by G.P.A. Healy. 1820-1891. Editor, soldier, public official, businessman. Born in New York City, New York, September 12, 1820. Removed to Linn County, Iowa, 1838. Clerk of the Council Legislative Assembly, 1841. Editor, Dubuque Miner's Express, 1847, 1848, 1851, 1852. Register United States Land Office, Fort Dodge. 1855. Banker at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1857-1861. Lieutenant-colonel 1st Iowa Infantry, Civil War; also on Colonel McClelland's staff; left service in 1865 locating in Des Moines. Editor, Des Moines Statesman, 1863-1867. Railroad Contractor, beginning in 1868. Died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 23, 1891.
Portrait of a young man, subject facing right. Wearing balck jacket and blue-grey tie. Light brown hair. Dark backgroun, gold frame.
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