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MEN OF CANADA.   229

THOMAS RODMAN MERRITT, t. Catharines, Out., third son of the late Hon. W. H. Merritt, was born October 17th, 1824, at 'Mayville, Chautauqua Count-,-, U.S. He received his education at the Grantham Academy, St. Catharines, and Upper Canada College, Toronto. After leaving college he entered a «wholesale house ill Mont-real. In 1844 lie went into business in St. Catharines with the late Hon. James R. Benson, under the title of Benson & Merritt. In 1546 he engaged largely in milling and shipping alone, doing the first trade in shipping flour direct to the Lower Provinces ill his mvn ves-

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sels and bringing return cargoes of mo-

lasses, sugar, salt, etc. He also started

a line of boats, in connection with his

lake boats, between St. Catharines and

Brantford, vid the Welland Canal and

Grand River, which proved a great suc-

cess until the Great Western Rail-, ay

was opened. He retired from business

in 1869. Mr. Merritt was elected to

the Dominion Parliament in 1865, and

returned again in 1 S72. On the dissolu-

tion of the House by the Mackenzie

Government, he declined the unani-

mous nomination of the Liberal-Con-

servative part- to stand again. He

was director and president of the Niagara District Bank until it amalgamated with the Imperial Bank of Toronto, since which time he has been vice-president of the Imperial Bank, was nlanaging director of the Welland Railway until sold to the G.T.R., at which time, on his retirement, he was presented with a valuable service of plate by the share and bondholders. He is president of the Security, Loan and Sayings Co., of the Gas Co., of the Niagara Falls and Suspension Bridge Co., and of the Bishop Riddley College Association. In religion he is an Episcopalian. Mr. Merritt was married in 1553 to 1lary, eldest daughter of the late Thomas Benson, of Port Hope. His residence, " Rodman Hall," in St. Catharines is finely situated, standing in the midst of grounds beautifully laid out and planted with trees by himself over forty years ago.

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