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William Washington Merritt

Full Name: William Washington Merritt
Other surnames: Merrett
Date of birth: March 10, 1843
Date of death: July 14, 1892

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 47 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat McKinney / Collin   Collin
H 47 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (4)   Democrat McKinney / Collin   Collin

(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Melissa, Collin County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) McKinney, Collin County. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(4) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, W.W. Merrett, pp. 264-265. Born 1844 in Springfield, Missouri. Elected and served two terms as Collin County sheriff. Last name Merritt on roster. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879. Roster

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Census of 1880 - W.W. Merritt, Collin County, born circa 1843 in Missouri, farmer, wife Jennie. FamilySearch.
  • W.W. Merritt, birth date 3/10/1843, death date 7/14/1892, burial in Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney, Collin County, with wife Jennie Merritt. Includes biographical sketch. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in son Robert Clarence Merritt's biographical sketch. "Clarence Merritt, United States district attorney for Texas, the son of William Washington and Virginia (Compton) Merritt, was born at McKinney, Texas, in 1872. His childhood interest in law and politics, probably stimulated by his father's activities as sheriff of Collin County and state legislator, led to his decision to become a lawyer." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Obituary, Capt. W.W. Merritt, The Democrat (McKinney, Texas), 7/21/1892, p. 2, crediting Collin County Genealogical Society. Death date 7/14/1892 in Melissa; "entered the confederate service when only a boy in the state of Missouri." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


  • Photograph. W.W. Merritt, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Internal Improvements  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
16th R.S. - 1879
Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
Code of Criminal Procedure, Select  
Internal Improvements  
Military Affairs  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  

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