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Pierce-Merriam family of Massachusetts

Note: This is just one of 1,130 family groupings listed on The Political Graveyard web site. These families each have three or more politician members, all linked together by blood, marriage or adoption.

This specific family group is a subset of the much larger Three Thousand Related Politicians group. An individual may be listed with more than one subset.

These groupings — even the names of the groupings, and the areas of main activity — are the result of a computer algorithm working with the data I have, not the choices of any historian or genealogist.

  Benjamin Pierce (1757-1839) — of Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, N.H. Born in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Mass., December 25, 1757. Governor of New Hampshire, 1827-28, 1829-30. Died in Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, N.H., April 1, 1839 (age 81 years, 97 days). Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery, Hillsborough, N.H.
  Relatives: Married to Elizabeth Andrews (1767-1788); married 1790 to Anna Kendrick (1768-1838); father of Franklin Pierce; third cousin thrice removed of Charles Gardner Reed (1835-1899).
  Political family: Pierce-Merriam family of Massachusetts (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jedediah Sabin (1774-1861) — of Killingly, Windham County, Conn. Born in Pomfret, Windham County, Conn., October 26, 1774. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Killingly, 1827. Died in Killingly, Windham County, Conn., December 22, 1861 (age 87 years, 57 days). Interment at Day Cemetery, Killingly, Conn.
  Relatives: Married 1800 to Eunice Carder (1778-1821); married, November 7, 1821, to Henrietta Carder (1781-1841); uncle of Henry Sabin; grandfather of Dwight May Sabin; second cousin four times removed of Austin Eugene Lathrop; third cousin once removed of Alvah Sabin; third cousin twice removed of Martin Olds; third cousin thrice removed of Chauncey Brewer Sabin, Augustus Sabin Chase, Marden Sabin and Joseph Spalding (1846-1923); fourth cousin of Chauncey Fitch Cleveland; fourth cousin once removed of Elijah Hunt Mills, Daniel Webster, Caleb Blodgett, Franklin Pierce, Albert Bliss, William Dean Kellogg, John Appleton and Edward Williams Hooker.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Kidder family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  David Meriwether (1800-1893) — Born in Louisa County, Va., October 30, 1800. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state legislature, 1832; candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 7th District, 1847, 1851; delegate to Kentucky state constitutional convention, 1849; secretary of state of Kentucky, 1851-52; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1852; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1853-57; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1858-85; Speaker of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1859. Died near Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., April 4, 1893 (age 92 years, 156 days). Interment at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of William Meriwether (1760-1842) and Elizabeth (Winslow) Meriwether (1768-1820); married, February 22, 1822, to Sarah Hoar Leonard (1800-1859); nephew of David Meriwether (1755-1822); cousin by marriage of Franklin Pierce; first cousin of James Meriwether (1788-1852); first cousin once removed of James Meriwether (1755-1817); second cousin of Meriwether Lewis and James Archibald Meriwether; second cousin once removed of George Rockingham Gilmer, Reuben Handy Meriwether and Frances Meriwether (1848-1940; who married Anson Rainey); third cousin once removed of Theodorick Bland; fourth cousin of John Randolph of Roanoke and Henry St. George Tucker; fourth cousin once removed of Nathaniel Beverly Tucker.
  Political families: Demarest-Meriwether family of New Jersey; Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Meriwether-Kellogg-Tyler family of Virginia and Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) — also known as "Young Hickory"; "Young Hickory of the Granite Hills"; "The Fainting General" — of Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, N.H. Born in Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, N.H., November 23, 1804. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1829-33; Speaker of the New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1832-33; U.S. Representative from New Hampshire at-large, 1833-37; U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, 1837-42; U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire, 1845-47; general in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; delegate to New Hampshire state constitutional convention, 1850; President of the United States, 1853-57; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1856. Episcopalian. Died in Concord, Merrimack County, N.H., October 8, 1869 (age 64 years, 319 days). Interment at Old North Cemetery, Concord, N.H.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Pierce (1757-1839) and Anna (Kendrick) Pierce (1768-1838); married, November 19, 1834, to Jane Means Appleton (died 1863); cousin by marriage of David Meriwether; fourth cousin once removed of Jedediah Sabin.
  Political family: Pierce-Merriam family of Massachusetts (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Pierce counties in Ga., Neb., Wash. and Wis. are named for him.
  Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire, is named for him.  — Mount Pierce (formerly called Bald Mountain; later, Mount Clinton; received current name 1913), in the White Mountains, Coos County, New Hampshire, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: Franklin P. SaundersFrank P. WoodburyFrank P. HollandFrank P. DunwellFrank TylerF. P. CombestF. Pierce MortimerFranklin P. OwenFranklin P. StoyFrank P. AlspaughFranklin P. MonfortFranklin Pierce LambertFranklin Pierce Huddle, Jr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Franklin Pierce: Roy Nichols, Franklin Pierce : Young Hickory of the Granite Hills — Larry Gara, The Presidency of Franklin Pierce
  Critical books about Franklin Pierce: Nathan Miller, Star-Spangled Men : America's Ten Worst Presidents
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  Charles Gardner Reed (1835-1899) — also known as Charles G. Reed — of Worcester, Worcester County, Mass. Born in North Brookfield, Worcester County, Mass., April 2, 1835. Wheel spoke manufacturer; mayor of Worcester, Mass., 1884-85. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons. Suffered a heart attack at the corner of Belmont and Orchard streets, and died soon after in a nearby house, Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., November 21, 1899 (age 64 years, 233 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Gardner Reed (1809-1884) and Frances Louise (Tilton) Reed (1809-1856); married to Luella P. Ware; married, September 25, 1873, to Elizabeth Paul Beagary (1838-1889); married, October 12, 1892, to Anna Sophia Whitcomb; third cousin thrice removed of Benjamin Pierce (1757-1839); fourth cousin of Frank Finley Merriam and Charles Edward Merriam, Jr..
  Political family: Pierce-Merriam family of Massachusetts (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frank Finley Merriam (1865-1955) — also known as Frank F. Merriam — of Delaware County, Iowa; Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Hopkinton, Delaware County, Iowa, December 22, 1865. Republican. Iowa state auditor, 1899-1903; member of California state assembly, 1917-26; Speaker of the California State Assembly, 1923-26; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1931-34; Governor of California, 1934-39; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1940 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee). Presbyterian. Died in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 25, 1955 (age 89 years, 124 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Clay Merriam (1838-1924) and Anna Elizabeth (Finley) Merriam (1843-1909); married 1889 to Elnora Nancy Hitchcock (1867-1951); married 1901 to Mary Ella Bronson (1865-1931); married, January 25, 1936, to Jessie Stewart (Millisack) Lipsey (1869-1948); first cousin of Charles Edward Merriam, Jr.; fourth cousin of Charles Gardner Reed (1835-1899).
  Political family: Pierce-Merriam family of Massachusetts (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Walter F. Dexter
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Edward Merriam, Jr. (1874-1953) — also known as Charles E. Merriam — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Hopkinton, Delaware County, Iowa, November 15, 1874. Republican. Political scientist; university professor; candidate for mayor of Chicago, Ill., 1911; served in the U.S. Army during World War I. Member, American Political Science Association. Died, in Hilltop Hospital, Rockville, Montgomery County, Md., January 8, 1953 (age 78 years, 54 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Margaret Campbell (Kirkwood) Merriam (1840-1910) and Charles Edward Merriam (1845-1902); married, August 3, 1901, to Elizabeth Hilda Doyle (1880-1973); first cousin of Frank Finley Merriam; fourth cousin of Charles Gardner Reed (1835-1899).
  Political family: Pierce-Merriam family of Massachusetts (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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