William Duhurst Merrick
|United States Senator|
January 4, 1838 – March 3, 1845
|Preceded by||Joseph Kent|
|Succeeded by||Reverdy Johnson|
|Member of the Maryland House of Delegates|
|Born||October 25, 1793|
|Died||February 5, 1857 (aged 63)|
Merrick held several local offices and served in the War of 1812. He was the register of wills of Charles County, Maryland from 1825 to 1832. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Port Tobacco, Maryland.
From 1832 to 1838, Merrick served in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was elected as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joseph Kent. He was reelected in 1839 and served from January 4, 1838 to March 3, 1845. In the Senate, Kent served as chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia (Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses), as a member of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses).
After his service in the Senate, Merrick served as a member of the State constitutional convention in 1850. He was again elected to the House of Delegates, and served from January 1856 until his death in Washington, D.C. Merrick was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, then reinterred in the cemetery at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Newport. His sons, William Matthews Merrick and Richard T. Merrick, were also prominent attorneys. William Matthews, the first American-born Catholic priest, was his brother-in-law.
- United States Congress. "William Duhurst Merrick (id: M000654)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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