Mershon, Wm. B. (William Butts), 1856-1943

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Mershon was a Saginaw (Mich.) lumberman and businesman and served as State Taxc Commissioner in 1912. He was also an internationally recognized hunter, fisher, sportsman, and wildlife conservationist. (This information is from the catalog record for the Mershon collection, in the Bentley Historical Library.)

From the description of Photograph albums, 1923-1926. (Clarke Historical Library). WorldCat record id: 60804643

Saginaw, Michigan, lumberman and businessman, and Michigan State Tax Commissioner, 1912.

From the description of William Butts Mershon papers, 1848-1943. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34418610

William Butts Mershon was the third generation of his family to engage in lumbering in and around Saginaw, Michigan. When he first became active in the family business in 1866 the firm was already large and diversified. In addition to lumbering and the operation of a planing mill, the firm was one of the nation's largest manufacturers of knock-down wooden boxes, the standard form of storage and shipping box prior to the development of cardboard cartons.

After spending several years working within the family concern, Mershon founded his own company, William B. Mershon and Company. He also formed several other partnerships including one formed by himself, S.L. Eastman, William Schuette, and Parker, Sheldon & Co. While he divided his time among many interests, after 1905 he generally concentrated on William B. Mershon and Co., rather than his other business interests. This firm manufactured bandsaws designed by his brother Edward. In 1926 William Mershon sold the business and retired.

Mershon also had financial interests outside the state of Michigan. In 1900 he became a stockholder (later he was elected president) of the Saginaw & Manistee Lumber Company, headquartered at Williams, Arizona. He also invested in copper mining in Arizona and lumbering operations in Montana.

Privately, Mershon was a well known conservationist and sportsman. He published two volumes, one regarding the passenger pigeon and the other relating his hunting and fishing experiences over fifty years. He also was active in Saginaw political life, serving as mayor of Saginaw (1894-1895), city alderman, member of both the parks and the cemetery commissions, and the citizen's water committee.

From the guide to the William B. Mershon Papers, 1848-1943, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Mershon family. Mershon family papers, 1889-1943. Public Libraries of Saginaw
referencedIn Lynch, James H., 1859-1944. James H. Lynch notebook, [ca. 1919-ca. 1936]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Mershon, Wm. B. (William Butts), 1856-1943. William Butts Mershon papers, 1848-1943. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers, 1902-1973 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Dustin, Fred, 1866-. Fred Dustin papers, 1886-1957. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Albright, Horace M. (Horace Marden), 1890-1987. Isle Royale papers, 1885-1955 (bulk 1921-1946). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Young, Leigh Jarvis, 1883-1960. Leigh Jarvis Young papers, 1908-1960. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Mershon, Wm. B. (William Butts), 1856-1943. Photograph albums, 1923-1926. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Isle Royale papers, 1885-1955, 1921-1946 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf William B. Mershon Papers, 1848-1943 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Hess family. Hess family papers, 1774-1936. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Dept. of History (University of Michigan) student papers, 1930-1987 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Fred Dustin papers, 1866-1975 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Munger, Edith Cushway, 1865-1945. Edith Cushway Munger papers, 1907-1945. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Garfield, Charles William, 1848-1934. Charles W. Garfield papers, 1899-1929. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962. person
associatedWith Avery, Waldo A. person
associatedWith Avery, Waldo A. person
associatedWith Baker, William F. person
associatedWith Baker, William F. person
associatedWith Bland, Joseph Edward, 1866- person
associatedWith Bliss, Aaron Thomas, 1837-1906 person
associatedWith Bliss, A. T. (Aaron Thomas), 1837-1906. person
associatedWith Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968. person
associatedWith Campbell, Thomas E., b. 1858. person
associatedWith Carton, Augustus C. person
associatedWith Carton, Augustus C., 1869- person
associatedWith Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949. person
associatedWith Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944. person
associatedWith Couzens, James, 1872-1936. person
associatedWith Crawford, Fred L., 1888-1957 person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Detroit News. corporateBody
associatedWith Doremus, Frank Ellsworth, 1865-1947 person
associatedWith Dustin, Fred, 1866- person
associatedWith Ferris, Woodbridge N., 1853-1928 person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
associatedWith Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 person
associatedWith Fordney, Joseph W. (Joseph Warren), 1853-1932 person
associatedWith Garfield, Charles William, 1848-1934. person
associatedWith Glaspie, Andrew Bird, 1876- person
associatedWith Green, Fred Warren, 1872-1936 person
associatedWith Grinnell, George Bird, 1849-1938 person
associatedWith Groesbeck, Alexander J., 1873-1953 person
associatedWith Hamilton, Edward LaRue, 1857-1923 person
associatedWith Harrison, Francis Burton, 1873-1957 person
associatedWith Hart, Michael James, 1877-1951 person
associatedWith Hawes, Harry B. person
associatedWith Hess family. family
associatedWith Hough, Emerson, 1857-1923 person
associatedWith Humphrey, George M. (George Magoffin), b. 1890 person
associatedWith Humphrey, Watts S. person
associatedWith Hunsaker, Walter Jerome, 1857-1939 person
associatedWith Kelley, Patrick Henry, 1867-1925 person
associatedWith King, Francis, 1863- person
associatedWith Knox, Frank, 1874-1944 person
associatedWith Kracher, Horatio S. person
associatedWith Linsley, Edward B., b. 1847 person
associatedWith Lynch, James H., 1859-1944. person
associatedWith Macauley, Thomas Babbington. person
associatedWith Mapes, Carl Edgar, 1874-1939 person
associatedWith Maxey, John O., 1871-1920 person
associatedWith Mellon, Andrew W. (Andrew William), 1855-1939 person
associatedWith Mershon family. family
associatedWith Mershon family. family
associatedWith Michener, Earl C. (Earl Cory), 1876-1957 person
associatedWith Michigan. Dept. of Conservation. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Forestry Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Forestry Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. Forestry Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Manufacturer's Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Manufacturers' Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Sportsmen's Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. State Tax Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Wildlife Conservation Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Morley, George Bidwell, 1857-1935 person
associatedWith Munger, Edith Cushway, 1865-1945. person
associatedWith Newberry, Truman Handy, 1864-1945 person
associatedWith New, Harry S. (Harry Stewart), 1858-1937 person
associatedWith Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860 person
associatedWith Pearson, William J., 1860- person
associatedWith Penney, Harvey A., 1866- person
associatedWith Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946 person
associatedWith Rayburn, Robert H., 1866- person
associatedWith Rochester Salt and Lumber Company (Saginaw, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) 1882-1945 person
associatedWith Roth, Filibert, 1858-1925 person
associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882- person
associatedWith Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Shields, Robert Hazen, 1905- person
associatedWith Sleeper, Albert E., 1862-1934 person
associatedWith Smith, Hal Horace, 1903- person
associatedWith Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959 person
associatedWith Smith, William Alden, 1859-1932 person
associatedWith Smoot, Reed, 1862-1941 person
associatedWith Sterling, Louis T. person
associatedWith Townsend, Charles Elroy, 1856-1924 person
associatedWith Tuttle, Arthur J., 1868-1944 person
associatedWith Underwood, Oscar Wilder, 1862-1929 person
associatedWith United States. Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Supreme Court. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of History. corporateBody
associatedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951 person
associatedWith Vincent, Bird J., 1880- person
associatedWith Warner, Frederick Maltby, 1865-1923 person
associatedWith Watkins, Lucius Whitney, 1873- person
associatedWith Whitney, Joseph H., b. 1858 person
correspondedWith William Jennings Bryan person
associatedWith Williams, John Sharp, 1854-1932 person
associatedWith Wood, Edwin O., b. 1840 person
associatedWith Young, Horace Olin, 1850-1917 person
associatedWith Young, Leigh Jarvis, 1883-1960. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Saginaw (Mich.)
Huron National Forest (Mich.)
Saginaw (Mich.)
Huron National Forest (Mich.)
Bliss Park (Saginaw, Mich.)
Strikes and lockouts--Michigan
Business records
Conservation of natural resources
Hunting and fishing clubs
Mines and Mineral Resources
World War, 1914-1918
Lumber industry
Photograph albums
Grayling fishing
Monuments and memorials
Conservation of natural resources--Michigan
Forests and forestry
Lumberman's Memorial (Iosco County, Mich.)
Business enterprises--Michigan--Saginaw
Strikes and lockouts
Mines and mineral resources--Michigan
Forests and forestry--Michigan


Birth 1856

Death 1943



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