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1963 Hall of Honor

Edward Strong Merrill
Of the class of 1902

Edward Strong Merrill, the most remarkable athlete ever to grace the College, and one of the most distinguished in the annals of the United States, graduated from the Academy in 1898, and from Beloit College in 1902.  “Big Ed” Merrill left as his enduring monument the greatest athletic record ever made by a Beloiter.  Skilled in baseball, football and track, as well as in several other sports, for almost half a century several of his records stood unbroken at the College.  In 1902 Merrill set three records for Beloit College:  :09.8 seconds in the 100 yard dash; :21.2 in the 220; and :49.4 in the 440.  Following his graduation, Merrill competed in the national all-around individual championship in 1903, and tied his previous records in the 100 yard dash, the 220 and the 440, and made significant records in the hammer throw, shot put and broad jump, and in addition ran the mile in less than five minutes.  Beloit College truly stands in the shadow of his achievements.