Senator Leroy Samuel Mercer View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 4/6/1965
Birth Place: Newscomerstown, OH
Birth Country: USA
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 49 (1941) - 54 (1951)
House: 45 (1933) - 47 (1937)
Home County: Johnson
Leroy Samuel Mercer
Johnson County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Leroy S. Mercer, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Leroy Samuel Mercer was born November 30, 1889, at Newcomerstown, Ohio, and passed away at Iowa City, Iowa, on April 6, 1965, at the age of 75 years.

Mr. Mercer moved with his parents to Iowa City, Iowa, when he was five years old and has resided there since that time. He attended Iowa City public schools and the State University of Iowa.

He married Isabelle Brant in 1913 and to this union two daughters were born.

Mr. Mercer was a member of Kaaba Temple, Mystic Shrine, Knights Templar, Elks, Moose, Rotary Club, Phi Kappa Psi, and Trinity Episcopal Church; president and director of the Economy Advertising Company, Bankers Advertising and Supply Company, and the Hills Bank and Trust Company. He served two terms as alterman-at-large on the Iowa City council and was mayor of Iowa City from 1954 to 1958 and again in 1960 to fill a vacancy.

Mr. Mercer, a Democrat, served in the Forty-fifth, Forty-fifth Extra, Forty-sixth, Forty-sixth Extra, Forty-seventh, Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, Fiftieth Extra, Fifty-first, Fifty-second, Fifty-second Extra, Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth sessions of the Iowa General Assembly as a state representative for six years and then as state senator for twelve years from Johnson County.

Surviving Mr. Mercer are his widow; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. John) Dawson, of Downey, California, and Dorothy Harriet, at home; a brother, two sisters, and four grandchildren.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-first General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Leroy Samuel Mercer the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this resolution would express its appreciation of his service, and tender its sympathy to the remaining members of his family.

Be it Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the members of the family of the deceased.