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Edward D. Merrill

Edward D. Merrill, American transportation executive.


  • Merrill, Edward D. was born on December 11, 1885 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. Son of Samuel Adams and Fanny Rainey (Hyde) Merrill.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Philosophy, Grinnell College, 1907. Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1909.


    • 1 daughter, Florence (Mistress Richard B. Pilkinton). Assistant engineer U.P. R.R., 1909, later with light, power traction companies. Traffic engineer Chicago Motor Coach Company, 1924-1925.

      President and general manager Washington Rapid Transit Company, 1926-1936. Vice-president and general manager Capital Transit Company, 1936-1937, president, and general manager, 1937-1947, president and Chairman of the Board, 1947-1951, retired 1951, director since 1936. Director Transit Research Corporation since 1940.

      Director The Riggs National Bank of Washington.


    Clubs: Roaary, Cosmos, Metropolitan (Washington).


    • Married Florence Southgate Hurst, September 20, 1916.
    • father: Samuel Adams Merrill
    • mother: Fanny Rainey (Hyde) Merrill
    • spouse: Florence Southgate Hurst
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    Born December 11, 1885