Orange Merwin

Orange Merwin ( born April 7, 1777 Merryall, Litchfield County, Connecticut, † September 4, 1853 in New Milford, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1825 and 1829 he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Orange Merwin attended the common schools and worked in agriculture. He also became involved in politics. Between 1815 and 1820 he was a member of the House of Connecticut. In 1818 he was part of a commission for the revision of the State Constitution. After that, he was 1821-1825 member of the State Senate. After the dissolution of the Democratic-Republican Party in the 1820s Merwin John Quincy Adams joined. He was a member of the short-lived National Republican Party, which was later merged into the Whig Party. The Nationalrepublikaner were in opposition to Andrew Jackson and the Democratic party, which he founded.

In the congressional elections of 1824, which were held all across the state of Connecticut, Merwin was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he took over on March 4, 1825 the seat of Samuel A. Foot. After a re-election in 1826 he was able to implement his mandate in Congress until March 3, 1829. This time was determined by intense political discussions between supporters and opponents of Andrew Jackson that resulted in part from the disputed presidential election of 1824. Another controversial domestic issue with which the Congress had to deal, was a new tariff law, which saw the Southern disadvantaged and should lead to Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina that a few years later.

1828 Merwin renounced to another candidacy. He worked in agriculture in the coming years. In 1831 he ran unsuccessfully for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. Orange Merwin died in September 1853 in Milford and was also buried there.