Samuel E. Merwin

Samuel Edwin Merwin Jr. ( born August 31, 1831 in Brookfield, Connecticut, † March 5, 1907 in New Haven, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1889 and 1893 he was Deputy Governor of the State of Connecticut.


Samuel Merwin attended the public schools of his home. At times, he also received private lessons. At the age of 16 he moved to New Haven, where he worked for three years as a store clerk. Then he ran his own business with his father. Later he was active in the banking industry. He was president of two banks ( New Haven and Yale National Banks). During the Civil War he was an officer in the army of the Union. Politically, Merwin joined the Republican Party. Between 1868 and 1872 he held the post of adjutant general of his state. In 1876 he sat in the Senate from Connecticut; in June 1884 he took part in Chicago as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

1888 Merwin was elected to the side of Morgan Bulkeley Vice Governor of Connecticut. This post he held 1889-1893. Yet he was Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Senate. In 1890 Merwin successfully ran against Bulkeley in the primaries of his party for the office of governor. The actual choice won his Democratic opponent Luzon B. Morris with less than 100 -vote lead. There was an election challenge. This led to confusion over the legality of the vote. Due to the indecision of the legislature to appoint a governor, Bulkeley could remain until 1893 as governor in office. At the same time kept Merwin the post of Deputy Governor. In 1892 he failed in a further candidacy for the office of governor; Two years later, he did not come at his last candidacy on the Republican primaries addition. He died on March 5, 1907 after three years of disease.