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Leonidas Merritt

Leonidas Merritt
Title: Photograph of Leonidas Merritt
Type: Photograph
Date: no date
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Merritt was a prospector during the early years of the Mesabi Range. As part of the Iron Range's "Seven Iron Men," Merritt and his family built a strong mining operation on the Range. He eventually went to work with John D. Rockefeller's company. This work arrangement led to a lawsuit that almost ended Merritt's career.
Article About Mineral Leases
Title: Article About Mineral Leases
Type: Newspaper
Date: April 5, 1890
Source: Duluth Evening News

Description: Mineral leases were sold by the state government to encourage and regulate prospecting and mining on state lands.
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Large Sale of Land on the Range
Title: Large Sale of Land on the Range
Type: Newspaper
Date: April 8, 1890
Source: Duluth Evening Herald

Description: Merritt appears in this article as a buyer of state lands that were sold by auction in Duluth.
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Legal Complaint Against Rockefeller
Title: Legal Complaint Against Rockefeller
Type: Document
Date: 1895
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: The Merritts filed this complaint against John D. Rockefeller and the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway.
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Pamphlet written about the Rockefeller Case
Title: Pamphlet written about the Rockefeller Case
Type: Document
Date: 1897
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: A minister named Gates who worked for Rockefeller during the court case wrote this pamphlet against the Merritts.
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Response by Merritt to the Pamphlet
Title: Response by Merritt to the Pamphlet
Type: Document
Date: 1912
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Leonidas Merritt wrote this paper to express his family's side of the court case and to respond to Gate's accusations.
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