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Merlin Hull (December 18, 1870, Warsaw, Indiana – May 17, 1953, La Crosse, Wisconsin) was a Wisconsin lawyer, a newspaper publisher, and a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Hull was a graduate of Gale College, De Pauw University, and Columbian University (now The George Washington University Law School). He was admitted to the bar in 1894 and commenced practice in Black River Falls. He served as publisher of the Jackson County Journal from 1904-1926 and of the merged Banner-Journal for the rest of his life (1926-1953). He served as district attorney of Jackson County from 1907-1909; he was a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1909-1915, serving as speaker in the 1913-15 session; he was elected Secretary of State in 1916, serving until 1921.

Hull was first elected (as a Republican) to the Seventy-first Congress in 1928; he was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1930 and an unsuccessful independent candidate in 1932; he was elected as a Progressive in 1934-1944, and (after the disbanding of the Wisconsin Progressive Party) as a Republican in the 1946-1952 elections, serving continuously from January 3, 1935, until his death in 1953.

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Preceded by
John Donald
Secretary of State of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Elmer Hall


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