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William Washington Merritt

W.W. Merritt
Full Name: William Washington Merritt
Other surnames: Merrett
Birth date: March 10, 1843
Death date: July 14, 1892

Terms of Service

  • House, 17th (1) (3) (4) Legislature
    1/11/1881 - 1/9/1883
  • House, 16th (2) Legislature
    1/14/1879 - 1/11/1881
(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News .
(2) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(3) Melissa, Collin County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) McKinney, Collin County. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas 1881.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries


  • Photograph. W.W. Merritt, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Other Resources

  • Census of 1880 - W.W. Merritt, Collin County, born circa 1843 in Missouri, farmer, wife Jennie. FamilySearch .
  • W.W. Merritt, birth date 3/10/1843, death date 7/14/1892, burial in Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney, Collin County, with wife Jennie Merritt. Find a Grave .
  • Mentioned in son Robert Clarence Merritt's biographical sketch. "Clarence Merritt, United States district attorney for Texas, the son of William Washington and Virginia (Compton) Merritt, was born at McKinney, Texas, in 1872. His childhood interest in law and politics, probably stimulated by his father's activities as sheriff of Collin County and state legislator, led to his decision to become a lawyer." Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Obituary, Capt. W.W. Merritt, The Democrat (McKinney, Texas), 7/21/1892, p. 2, crediting Collin County Genealogical Society. Death date 7/14/1892 in Melissa; "entered the confederate service when only a boy in the state of Missouri." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical sketch, W.W. Merrett, pp. 264-265. Born 1844 in Springfield, Missouri. Elected and served two terms as Collin County sheriff. Last name Merritt on roster. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879. Roster
  • Confederate States Army, Missouri troops. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.
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