George N. Merrill was a citizen of Jackson, NH for 41 years. Both he and his wife were painters. The White Mountain Echo of August 15, 1885 reported that Merrill kept an art studio in Jackson, NH, and again discussed the studio on July 16, 1892. Merrill worked in pastels and oils. He painted with Asher B. Durand, Samuel Colman, Aaron Draper Shattuck, George Inness, and his special friend, Albert Fitch Bellows. He was also associated with Daniel Huntington as well as the Selingers, Emily and Jean Paul, when they took over Frank Henry Shapleigh‘s studio at the Crawford House.
Merrill was an officer in the Union Army during the Civil war.
Merrill was the first recipient of the Boston Post Cane, given to Jackson’s oldest resident.
Merrill died at the New Hampshire Soldiers Home in Tilton, NH on May 6, 1912.