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Frank F. Merriam


Picture of Frank F. Merriam
CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1916 Republican AD-70 8454 Win
11-05-1918 Republican AD-70 11030 Win
11-02-1920 Republican AD-70 16243 Win
11-07-1922 Republican AD-70 17531 Win
11-04-1924 Republican AD-70 28915 Win
11-06-1928 Republican SD-33 74040 Win
11-04-1930 Republican Lieutenant Governor 879597 Win
06-02-1934 Republican Governor 0 Win
11-06-1934 Republican Governor 1138620 Win
11-08-1938 Republican Governor 1171019 Loss
11-05-1946 Write-in Senate1 507 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: December 22, 1865 in Hopkinton, Iowa
Married: Nellie Day (in 1901)
Died: April 25, 1955 in Long Beach, CA

1896-1898: Representative, Iowa General Assembly [State Legislature]
1898-1902: Iowa State Auditor
1922: Campaign Manager, Friend W. Richardson for Governor
1923-1926: Speaker, California State Assembly
1926: Primary Candidate for Lieutenant Governor (Lost)
1931: Resigned from the State Senate on January 6.
1934: Resigned as Lieutenant Governor on June 7.

  • In 1916, Merriam was the target of an attempted recall. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
  • NATURAL DISASTER (DEADLIEST WILDFIRE): The second deadliest wildfire in California history (Griffith Park Fire in October 1933) occured within State Senator Merriam's district.
  • NOTABLE HISTORY: Until Bob Herzberg in 2014, Merriam was the last Assembly Speaker to become a State Senator.
  • PLACENAME: The Friend F. Merriam Grove (of redwoods) is located at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (named 1959).