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Merrill C. Meigs

Born: Nov 25, 1883

Death: Jan 26, 1968

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Merrill C. Meigs

Date of Birth : Nov 25, 1883
Date of Death : Jan 26, 1968

Merrill Church Meigs was the publisher of the Chicago Herald and Examiner in the 1920s. Inspired to become a pilot by Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, he became a booster of Chicago as a world center of aviation. He gave flying lessons to President Harry S. Truman. Meigs was the son of Church Paddleford Meigs and Julianna S. Meigs. He grew up on a farm near Malcom, Iowa, where he was more interested in the mechanical devices used to raise crops than actually farming. In 1901, he took a job as a salesman for the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company in Racine, Wisconsin. Within a year, he was in charge of the company's sales for South America. Despite not having graduated from high school, Meigs was allowed to enroll at the University of Chicago, where he played football under Amos Alonzo Stagg and also played baseball and water polo. While at the college, he would also be the campus correspondent for the Chicago Herald and Examiner, of which he would become the executive later in his life. During World War II, Meigs served on the Office of Production Management as the aircraft expert.


  • Businessperson
  • American football player

Also known as

  • Merrill Meigs
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