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Oscar Charles Merrill

civil engineer

Oscar Charles Merrill, American civil engineer. member Washington Society Engineers Universalist.; Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Merrill, Oscar Charles was born on July 30, 1874 in Manchester, Maine, United States. Son of Josiah L. and Sarah Alexander (Chace) Merrill.


Bachelor of Arts, Bates College, 1899. Science D., 1925; Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1905.


1 daughter, Margaret (deceased). Married second, Marguerite Waters, December 11, 1939. Instructor сivil engineering University of California, 1905-1906.

District engineer United States Forest Service. 1909-1913, chief engineer, 1914-1920. Exec, secretary Federal Power Commission, 1920-1929.

Chairman American Committee, World Power Conference, 1929-1935, director 3d World Power Conference, 1935-1938. Engineer-economist United States-Mexico Oil Commission, 1942. Principal engineer Engineer Board, United States Army, 1942.

Retired 1943. Developed policy under which 85 per cent of water powers in the United States are under control of Federal Government Life member American Society of Civil Engineers. Member Washington Society Engineers Universalist.


  • Author: Electric Power Development in the United States (Government Printing Office), 3 vols., 1916. Editor: Transactions Third World Power Conference. Second International Congress on Large Dams (Government Printing Office), 15 vols., 1938.


Member Washington Society Engineers Universalist. Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Married Elizabeth Watson, October 17, 1906.; married second, Marguerite Waters, December 11, 1939.

Josiah L. Merrill

Sarah Alexander (Chace) Merrill

Elizabeth Watson

Marguerite Waters