Henry W. Merriam

Henry W. Merriam (HMHKB)

Location: Newton, NJ 07860 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 2.974', W 74° 44.885'

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(1828 - 1900)

President of the H.W. Merriam Shoe Company, he relocated his factory from New York City to Newton in 1873. The nation's largest producer of ladies' and children's shoes, it was also the largest employer in Sussex County with over 350 employees. Held in high esteem by his workers, Merriam was a pioneer in labor relations: generously distributing part of the profits to employees on his birthday and other holidays, providing loans for his workers to build homes, retirement pensions and paid holidays.

Merriam's Home, built in 1883, is an example of "exuberant Victorian architecture," Upon his death in 1900, the home was bequeathed to the Presbyterian Church for the housing of retired ministers.
Series This marker is part of the New Jersey: Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders series
Year Placed2003
Placed BySussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sussex County Historic Marker Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 6:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 521170 N 4544290
Decimal Degrees41.04956667, -74.74808333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 2.974', W 74° 44.885'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 2' 58.44" N, 74° 44' 53.10" W
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Area Code(s)201, 973, 908, 862
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 55-67 Co Rd 616, Newton NJ 07860, US
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