MERRIAM, George [1803-1880] -- American publisher: Merriam-Webster dictionaries
With his brother, Charles,
publisher of the Merriam-Webster series of dictionaries and other reference works.
He attended the district schools of West Brookfield and worked on the farm until 1818,
when he was apprenticed to the printing business in his father's office.
He was admitted to partnership by his uncle Ebenezer in 1824,
to take the place of his father, who died in 1823,
and in 1831 disposed of his interest in the firm and removed to Springfield, Mass.,
where he established a book-publishing business with his brother
known for almost fifty years under the firm-name G. & C. Merriam.
Homer, a younger brother, was taken into the firm in 1856.
He was married, first in May, 1828, to Abigail W. Little,
and secondly, March 31, 1842, to Mrs. Abby (Fiske) Spring, daughter of the Rev. John Fiske.
George Merriam died in Springfield, Mass., June 22, 1880.
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