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Van Santvoord Merle-Smith


Van Santvoord Merle-Smith, American banker. Awarded Distinguished Service Cross Trustee Hill School, Board of National Missions, Presbyterian Church in United States of America; trustee and treasurer Church Extension Committee of Presbytery of New New York.


Merle-Smith, Van Santvoord was born on June 22, 1889 in Seabright, New Jersey, United States. Son of Wilton and Zaidee (Van Santvoord) Merle-Smith.


Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1911. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard, 1914.


Began law practice, New York, 1914. Member Dick & Merle-Smith, investment bankers. Member advisory committee New York Trust Company Fortieth St. office.

Director Hudson River Day Line, Lincoln Warehouse and Safe Deposit Company, Mississippi Land Company On secretariat of Peace Conference, Paris, 1919. 3d assistant secretary of state of the United States, 1920-1921. Enlisted in Troop C, Squadron A, New York Cavalry, 1914.

Promoted through grades to major, 165th Infantry, United States Army, 1919. Service on Mexican border, June 1916-March 1917. Sailed for France, November 4, 1917.

Participated in battles at Luneville, Baccarat, Esperance-Souain, Champagne-Marne defensive, Aisne-Marne offensive, St. Mihiel offensive, Essey-Pannes, Meuse-Argonne offensive. With Army of Occupation. Wounded at Luneville and at Villers-sur-Fère.

Honorary discharge, May 7, 1919.


Clubs: Metropolitan (Washington).


Married Kate Grosvenor Fowler, June 20, 1916. Children: Van Santvoord, Nancy, Fowler, Margaret.

Wilton Merle-Smith

Zaidee (Van Santvoord) Merle-Smith

Kate Grosvenor Fowler

Van Santvoord Merle-Smith

Nancy Merle-Smith

Fowler Merle-Smith

Margaret Merle-Smith