Hon. Samuel Merrill (1786-1869) was born in Haverhill, graduated from Harvard in 1807, where he was noted for his scholarship in the classics, and was admitted to the bar of Essex County in 1811. He practiced law in Andover and was the President of the Merrimack Mutual Fire Insurance Company for forty-one years. He served in both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature. He died in December 1869 and is buried at the Maplewood Cemetery in Haverhill.