Merrill K. Riddick
Merrill K. Riddick was born on March 7, 1895 in Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of Dane County. It is also home to the University of Wisconsin–Madison....

 and died on March 9, 1988, in Annapolis
Annapolis, Maryland
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. He moved to eastern Montana
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 at the age of 11. His father, Carl W. Riddick
Carl W. Riddick
Carl Wood Riddick was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Second District of Montana, from March 1919 to March 1923 in the 66th and 67th Congresses, replacing Jeannette Rankin. In 1922 he ran unsuccessfully for election to the U.S. Senate.His son, Merrill K...

, served two terms as a U.S. Congressman for the Eastern District of Montana in 1919 and 1921. At the age of 16 Merrill K. Riddick began traveling throughout the Northwest and became interested in the emerging field of aviation
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. In 1917, Riddick was a member of the first graduating class from the Army Air Force Aeronautics School in San Diego
Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps
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, California
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. He was sent to Europe during World War I
World War I
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 to serve as an instructor and to fly reconnaissance.

After the war, Riddick was among the first airmail pilots
Airmails of the United States
Airmails of the United States or U.S. Air Mail relates to the servicing of flown mails by the U.S. postal system within the United States, its possessions, and/or territories, marked as "Via Air Mail" , appropriately franked, and afforded any then existing class or sub-class of U.S...

. Riddick and Charles A. Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist.Lindbergh, a 25-year-old U.S...

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ed together and flew in the Harry Perkins Air Circus. While barnstorming Riddick met and married (on the same day) his wife, Helen May Williams, from West Virginia
West Virginia
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. They had three children. They had three children,Mary Ruth, Keith, and Barbara . In 1928, Riddick was an instructor at the first aviation preparatory school in Rochester, New York
Rochester, New York
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, where he instructed future president Franklin D. Roosevelt
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. Riddick re-joined the Air Force during World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 and served as a technical instructor. He was also a prospector who was involved in many different mining claims prior to and after the war

Riddick moved back to Montana after the war but continued traveling. After his wife's death in 1949, Riddick became involved in politics. He was a resident of Granite County
Granite County, Montana
-National protected areas:*Deerlodge National Forest *Lolo National Forest -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 2,830 people, 1,200 households, and 784 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile . There were 2,074 housing units at an average...

 during his political campaigns, which were centered around natural resource management
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 and campaign finance
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 reform. He wrote and published the Journal of Applied Human Ecology, which focused on his plans for resource development. He ran for Montana governor in 1968, U.S. Congress in 1972, and was a presidential candidate in 1976, 1980, and 1984, but never won an election. Riddick ran for his self-created political party
Political party
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, the Magneto-hydrodynamics-Puritan Epic-Prohibition Party, and would not accept campaign contributions. Riddick campaigned across the nation, traveling only by passenger bus. After his presidential campaigns Riddick moved to Annapolis, Maryland, and lived with his sister, Ruth. Riddick died on March 9, 1988, in Annapolis.
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