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Merriman, Amasa J.

Born: 1818-12-01 Canada

Flourished: 1839-1890 Bloomington, Illinois

Born about seventy-five miles from Montreal, Merriman was educated in Canada and taught school for a short time. In November 1839, he settled in Bloomington, Illinois, where he found work as a shop clerk. In 1842, he purchased the business and made his living as a merchant. On November 1, 1842, he married Clara Bullock, and the couple had four children. A Republican, Merriman served as a county commissioner, a McLean County judge, and as the mayor of Bloomington.

E. Duis, The Good Old Times in McLean County, Illinois (Bloomington, IL: Leader, 1874), 853-54; The History of McLean County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1879), 197-98, 348; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), McLean County, IL, 4.