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Ralph Palmer Merritt

Ralph Palmer Merritt, American food products executive. Member Alpha Delta Phi.


  • Merritt, Ralph Palmer was born on February 26, 1883 in Rio Vista, California, United States. Son of Charles S. and Ella S. (Palmer) Merritt.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University of California, 1907, Doctor of Laws, 1919.


    • Comptroller and secretary Board of Regents, University of California, 1912-1920 (resigned). President and general manager Rice Growers’ Association of California, Sacramento, 1921-1924 (resigned). President and managing director Sun-Maid Raisin Growers, Fresno, 1923-1928.

      President and managing director Sunland Sales Coöperative Association, 1924-1928, farming. Engaged in mine development and operations in Inyo and Mono counties, California, 1934-1941. Project director, War Relocation Authority, Manzanar, 1942-1946.

      Field director War Assets Administration since 1946. Federal food administrator for California, 1917-1919. Regent University of California, 1924-1930.

      Director Chamber Commerce of the United States, 1925-1928.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Conglist


    Member Alpha Delta Phi.


    • Married Varina Morrow, 1910.
    • father: Charles S. Merritt
    • mother: Ella S. (Palmer) Merritt
    • spouse: Varina Morrow
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    Born February 26, 1883