Frederick James Hamilton Merrill was born in New York city, April 30, 1861. His early education was received at Charlier Institute and other schools. In October, 1880, he entered the School of Arts at Columbia College and in October, 1882, he entered the School of Mines at the same college. In June, 1885, he was graduated with the degree of Ph. B. From 1885 to 1887 Mr. Merrill was assistant on the geological survey of New Jersey, and from 1886 to 1890 he was fellow in geology at Columbia College. In June, 1890, he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and the summer of that year was spent in visiting the principal natural history museums of Europe. He was assistant state geologist of New York from October, 1890, to June. 1893. In December, 1890, he wasappointed assistant director of the New York State Museum during 1892 and 1893, and was director of the Scientific Exhibit of the State of New York at the World's Columbian Exposition. In June, 1894, Dr. Merrill was appointed director of the New York State Museum. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the Geological Society of America, a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and is a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the American Society of Naturalists, the National Geographic Society, and of the Brooklyn Institute. Dr. Merrill has published many important articles in leading scientific journals in connection with his profession, and several bulletins of the New York State Museum on the subject of the Mineral Resources of this State. In 1887 he married Miss Winifred Edgerton, of New York city, and they have two children: Louise Edgerton and Hamilton.
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