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    George S. Merchant with Son, Harry George S. Merchant with Son, Harry
George Stuart Merchant posed with his young son, Harry, for this portrait taken around 1903. Mr. Merchant was born about 1857 in South Carolina and came to Gainesville as a young man. He married Miss Sarah Richardson in 1881. Mr. Merchant was a Mason and a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church. He died in February 1913 and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery. His obituary in the Gainesville Daily Sun said, "...the beautiful floral offerings and the large number present attested, in a measure, the high regard in which Mr. Merchant was held in Gainesville." Son Harry became a popular Gainesville physician.
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