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MERRIMAN, FRANKLIN H. (1813–1871). Franklin H. Merriman, farmer, state senator, and state representative, was born in Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut, in 1813, the son of Olcott and Sophronia (Hitchcock) Merriman. Merriman was raised in Connecticut where he married Harriet C. Blin in Weathersfield, Hartford County, on June 18, 1837. Merriman immigrated to Texas in November 1839, settling in Galveston County. Here he established himself as a farmer, receiving 320-acre plots of land in May 1841 and May 1845. In 1851 Merriman won election as senator for District Eighteen, which consisted of Brazoria and Galveston counties, to the Fourth Texas Legislature, serving in this position until 1853. In 1866 Merriman won election as representative for Galveston County to the Eleventh Texas Legislature. Merriman died in Galveston County in 1871.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:, "Fourth Texas Legislature" (, accessed May 30, 2007. Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library (, accessed May 30, 2007. IGI Individual Record "Franklin Merriman" (, accessed May 30, 2007. Gifford White, First Settlers of Galveston County, Texas (St. Louis: Ingmire, 1985).

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "MERRIMAN, FRANKLIN H.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.