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John Merrick

North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

1898 - 1919


pre-1900 b. 1859
Born-Died1859 - 1919
BirthplaceNorth Carolina (NC)
RaceBlack or African American
FatherDeceased / Absent
Era - pre-1900

Merrick began his professional life as a barber, at one time owning five shops. However, by 1905, he devoted himself fully to his insurance company, and by 1919, the premium income was $1.2 million with insurance in force totaling $26 million, making it the largest black-owned business in the United States.