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MERRICK, Pliny, Jurist, B. In Brookfield, Massachusetts, 2 August, 1794; D. In Boston, Massachusetts, 1 February, 1867. His Ancestor, Thomas, Came To This Country From England In 1630 And Settled In Springfield. Pliny Was Graduated At Harvard In 1814, After Which He Studied Law With Levi Lincoln And Practised In Worcester And In Bristol County. He Was District Attorney For Worcester In 1824-'43, And Was Made Justice Of The Court Of Common Pleas In 1843 And Again In 1851. In 1844 He Was Judge Of The Municipal Court, And From 1853 Till 1864 Of The Massachusetts Supreme Court, Removing To Boston In 1856. He Was Also President Of The Worcester And Nashua Railroad Company. In 1849 He Was Senior Counsel In The Defence Of Professor Webster On His Trial For The Murder Of Dr. George Parkman. From 1852 Till 1856 He Was An Overseer Of Harvard, From Which He Received The Degree Of LL. D. In 1853. He Bequeathed A Large Sum For The Establishment Of Schools Of A High Grade In Worcester.
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