Johnny Mercer (politician)
John Luther "Johnny" Mercer is a British Conservative politician and business consultant who has served as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View since the 2015 general election, when he gained the seat from Alison Seabeck of the Labour Party. He is an author. John Mercer was born in Dartford on 17 August 1981; the son of a banker and a nurse, he grew up in a strict Baptist family with seven siblings. Between 1995 and 2000, he was educated at Eastbourne College, a co-educational independent school in Eastbourne in East Sussex. After completing school, he worked as an intern in the City of London instead of attending university, following an offer from a friend's relative, he worked as a project administrator at Eurolife Assurance Company Ltd, a now defunct insurance company, leaving a month after the Financial Services Authority withdrew the company's authorisation to conduct new insurance business. Mercer was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery after passing out from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in June 2003 and was promoted to lieutenant in April 2005.
Mercer passed the All Arms Commando Course and served with 29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. He did three tours of Afghanistan: as a training officer with Afghan forces. Mercer retired from military service in December 2013 with the rank of captain. Two years after becoming an MP, in June 2017, Mercer published We Were Warriors: One Soldier’s Story of Brutal Combat, a memoir of his upbringing and army service his three combat tours in Afghanistan. Mercer has said publicly that he had not been politically active in his younger years and the first time he voted, was for himself when he first ran for office, he said that he entered politics with a view to improving the care of veterans and felt that he was a Conservative because he regarded a "massive welfare state that saps the ambition and drive of a younger generation" as a problem. After contacting ex-military Conservative MP Bob Stewart, he was selected as the Conservative Party candidate for Plymouth Moor View two months after leaving the army in February 2014.
Mercer has said he was responsible for organising his own campaign "on the cheap". To raise funds, he worked on building sites and appeared in a Dove shower gel advert, he was first elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View at the 2015 general election. Mercer delivered his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 1 June 2015, describing his "main missions" in Parliament to be improving provision for mental health and support for war veterans, he has been critical of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team. Mercer was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 EU referendum, although he says that the result to leave should be respected. Mercer was re-elected with an increased majority at the snap 2017 general election, he has focused on care for veterans, he was the subject of criticism in July 2018 after he choose to appear in Celebrity Hunted, a Channel 4 television programme where participants go on the run and images are released of them so people can try to track them down, rather than attend his work in Parliament.
Whilst appearing on the programme, he missed the meeting of the Health and Social Care Committee, which he is a member of, shortly before Parliament broke up for the summer recess. Mercer defended his decision, via a Channel 4 statement, arguing he had used his position to raise money for charity and had brought his parliamentary roles into filming. In October 2018, Mercer took on a second job working twenty hours a month as a consultant to Crucial Academy for a salary of £85,000. Local Labour candidate Charlotte Holloway accused him of neglecting his constituency duties to earn a “staggering” amount of money. Mercer said the accusation "smacked of political jealousy". In an interview with The House magazine in the same month, Mercer suggested that his values no longer aligned with the current Conservative party leadership and said there would be "absolutely no chance" of his starting out as a candidate of the party at this time. In the House of Commons he sits on the Defence Committee, the Defence Sub-Committee and the Health and Social Care Committee.
Mercer has been challenged over his expenses on a number of occasions. His successful campaign to get elected as an MP in 2015 was subsequently the subject of a police investigation following allegations it breached rules on campaign spending. Mercer admitted to police that his account of expenses had been incorrect, but argued that the errors were minor and his spending had not breached legal limits; the Crown Prosecution Service declined to charge him and the case was dropped. In November 2015, he was criticised by the TaxPayers’ Alliance after it was revealed he had purchased five Apple iMacs on his Commons expenses, rather than'cheaper equivalents'. Mercer responded that the purchases were appropriate and'were cheaper than the desktop computers offered to MPs by the House of Commons’ official supplier', he was criticised in May 2016 for claiming £2,500 on expenses for “professional services” on social media management and in December 2017 The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority opened an investigation to determine whether Mercer had been paid business expenses he should not have.
Mercer employs his wife as a part-time Office Manager on a salary up to £30,000. The practice of MPs employing family members has been criticised by some sections of the media on the lines that it promotes nepotism. Although MPs who were first elected in 2017 have been banned from employing family members, the restriction is not retrospecti
John Herndon Mercer was an American lyricist and singer. He was a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessman Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallichs, he is best known as a Tin Pan Alley lyricist, but he composed music. He was a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as songs written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time, he wrote the lyrics including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, won four Best Original Song Oscars. Mercer was born in Georgia, his father, George Anderson Mercer, was a prominent attorney and real-estate developer, his mother, Lillian Elizabeth, George Mercer's secretary and second wife, was the daughter of a Croatian immigrant father and a mother with Irish ancestry. Lillian's father was a merchant seaman who ran the Union blockade during the U. S. Civil War. Mercer was George's fourth son, first by Lillian.
His great-grandfather was Confederate General Hugh Weedon Mercer and he was a direct descendant of American Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer, a Scottish soldier-physician who died at the Battle of Princeton. Mercer was a distant cousin of General George S. Patton; the construction of Mercer House in Savannah was started by General Hugh Weedon Mercer in 1860. Neither the General, nor Mercer himself lived there, his mother's father was born in Lastovo, Croatia in 1834 to mother Ivana Cucevic and father Marijo Dundovic. Mercer liked music as a small child and attributed his musical talent to his mother, who would sing sentimental ballads. Mercer's father sang old Scottish songs, his aunt told him he was humming music when he was six months old and she took him to see minstrel and vaudeville shows where he heard "coon songs" and ragtime. The family's summer home "Vernon View" was on the tidal waters and Mercer's long summers there among mossy trees, saltwater marshes, soft, starry nights inspired him years later.
Mercer's exposure to black music was unique among the white songwriters of his generation. As a child, Mercer had African-American playmates and servants, he listened to the fishermen and vendors about him, who spoke and sang in the dialect known as "Geechee", he was attracted to black church services. Mercer stated, "Songs always fascinated me more than anything." He had no formal musical training but was singing in a choir by six and at 11 or 12 he had memorized all of the songs he had heard and became curious about who wrote them. He once asked his brother who the best songwriter was, his brother said Irving Berlin, among the best of Tin Pan Alley. Despite Mercer's early exposure to music, his talent was in creating the words and singing, not in playing music, though early on he had hoped to become a composer. In addition to the lyrics that Mercer memorized, he wrote adventure stories, his attempts to play the trumpet and piano were not successful, he never could read musical scores with any facility, relying instead on his own notation system.
As a teenager in the Jazz Era, he was a product of his age. He hunted for records in the black section of Savannah and played such early black jazz greats as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, his father owned the first car in town, Mercer's teenage social life was enhanced by his driving privilege, which sometimes verged on recklessness. The family would motor to the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina to escape the Savannah heat and there Mercer learned to dance and to flirt with Southern belles, his natural sense of rhythm helping him on both accounts. Mercer wrote a humorous song called "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry". Mercer attended the exclusive Woodberry Forest School in Virginia until 1927. Although not a top student, he was active in literary and poetry societies and as a humor writer for the school's publications. In addition, his exposure to classic literature augmented his rich store of vocabulary and phraseology, he began to scribble ingenious, sometimes strained, rhymed phrases for use.
Mercer was the class clown and a prankster, member of the "hop" committee that booked musical entertainment on campus. Mercer was somewhat of an authority on jazz at an early age, his yearbook stated, "No orchestra or new production can be authoritatively termed'good' until Johnny's stamp of approval has been placed upon it. His ability to'get hot' under all conditions and at all times is uncanny." Mercer began to write songs, an early effort being "Sister Susie, Strut Your Stuff", learned the powerful effect songs had on girls. Given his family's proud history and association with Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University, Mercer was destined for school there until his father's financial setbacks in the late 1920s changed those plans, he went to work in his father's recovering business, collecting rent and running errands, but soon grew bored with the routine and with Savannah, looked to escape. Mercer moved to New York in 1928, when he was 19; the music he loved and blues, was booming in Harlem and Broadway was bursting with musicals and revues from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin.
Vaudeville, though beginning to fade, was still a strong musical presence. Mercer's first few jobs were as a bit actor. Hole
John Mercer (scientist)
John Mercer was an English dye and fabric chemist and fabric printer born in Great Harwood, Lancashire. In 1844 he developed a process for treating cotton, that improves many of its qualities for use in fabrics. John Mercer never went to school, he learned basic writing from his neighbour, he was fond of dyeing. With the help of a chemistry textbook he taught himself the basics of the dyeing process, he continued to experiment. On he developed the mercerisation process and was admitted to the Royal Society, the Philosophical Society and the Chemical Society. In 1814 he married Mary Wolstenholme, his wife died in 1859 and he afterwards became a juror to the second Great Exhibition in 1862, a justice of the peace in Lancashire, continuing to give lectures at Clayton-le-Moors and supporting local Anglican and Methodist churches. The 1861 census records him as a 70-year-old "Chymist", living with his son John and 12 others at 29 Burlington Hotel.. Mercer was buried in St Bartholemew's church. Funds for his commemoration were provided by his daughter Maria and a clock tower was unveiled in Great Harwood in 1903, as well as the Mercer Hall.
Mercer's cottage at Oakenshaw was donated to be a park. E. A. Parnell, The life and labours of John Mercer R. S. Crossley, Accrington: captains of industry A. Nieto-Galan, ‘Calico printing and chemical knowledge in Lancashire in the early 19th century: the life and "colours" of John Mercer’, Annals of Science, 54, 1–28 A. W. Baldwin, ‘Mercer and mercerization’, Endeavour, 3, 138–43 Biography and pictures about John Mercer
John Francis Mercer
John Francis Mercer was an American lawyer and politician from Virginia and Maryland. Mercer was born in 1759 at Marlborough, in Stafford County in the Colony of Virginia, to John Mercer and Ann Roy Mercer, he graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1775 and was a delegate for Virginia to the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784. He married Sophia Sprigg on February 3, 1785. During the American Revolutionary War, Mercer was commissioned a captain in the 3rd Virginia Regiment in the Continental Army, he was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine. In 1778 he became an aide-de-camp with the rank of major to General Charles Lee, he resigned from the army when Lee did, but reentered the war as a lieutenant colonel in the Virginia militia. He served under Lafayette in Virginia and was present at the siege of Yorktown. After the war, Mercer moved to Anne Arundel County and was a Maryland delegate to the Philadelphia Convention in 1787, but withdrew before signing the Constitution, he would represent Maryland in the United States House of Representatives from the second and third districts from 1792 to 1794, served as the tenth Governor of Maryland from 1801 to 1803.
Illness plagued Mercer in his years, went to Pennsylvania to seek medical attention. In August 1821 Mercer died in Pennsylvania, he was the brother of James Mercer. United States Congress. "John Francis Mercer". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Mercer biography at the University of Groningen, Netherlands
For the English cricketer, see Jack Mercer. For the American baseball player, see Jack Mercer. Winfield B. "Jack" Mercer was an American voice actor and writer. He is best known as Felix the Cat; the son of vaudeville and Broadway performers, he performed on the vaudeville and legitimate stage. Mercer began his work in cartoons as an apprentice animator at Fleischer Studios. Mercer liked to imitate voices, including one close call when he mimicked the high-pitched and loud voice of the wife of one of the Fleischers after he mistakenly thought she had left the studio; when William Costello, the original cartoon voice of Popeye, became difficult to work with, he was dismissed. Mercer had begun imitating Costello's interpretation of Popeye, he practiced it until his voice "cracked" just right and he had it down. Searching for a replacement for Costello, Lou Fleischer heard Mercer singing the Popeye song and gave him the job of doing the Popeye voice. Mercer's first cartoon was 1935's King of the Mardi Gras.
Mercer continued to voice the one-eyed sailor for the Fleischers, for Paramount's Famous Studios cartoons, for a series of television cartoons for King Features Syndicate, for a Saturday morning cartoon show produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Mercer did other cartoon voices, including all the voices for a series of Felix the Cat cartoons produced in 1959-1960. Mercer did the voices of Wimpy, Poopdeck Pappy, Popeye's nephews, King Little, Twinkletoes the Carrier Pigeon, the bumbling spies Sneak and Snitch in Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels, a number of voices, including Mr. Bumble and Swat for Fleischer's Mister Bug Goes to Town, the mad scientist in one of the Fleischer Superman cartoons. Mercer's natural voice was high-pitched for a man, he was able to do some of the female voices as well, he was regularly cast with Pinto Colvig. Mercer wrote hundreds of scripts for various cartoon series, including a number of Popeye episodes, animated cartoons produced for Paramount Pictures, Deputy Dawg and Milton the Monster.
Mercer's first wife was Margie Hines, who provided the voice of Olive Oyl from 1939 to 1944. A resident of New York City, Mercer moved to Miami, when Fleischer Studios relocated there in 1938. After Famous Studios took over the Popeye cartoons, Mercer moved back to New York by early 1944. In the late 1970s he lived in Los Angeles but moved back to New York City to live in Woodside, Queens, he died at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan on December 4, 1984, after stomach cancer-related problems. After his death, Maurice LaMarche and Billy West performed the voice of Popeye. Grandinetti and Braun, Dan. I Yam What I Yam: The Works Of Jack Mercer, Popeye's Voice Jack Mercer at Find a Grave Jack Mercer on IMDb 1939 publicity photo of Mercer and Hines announcing their marriage Jack Mercer on To Tell the Truth
John H. Mercer
John H. Mercer was a glaciologist, chiefly known for his theoretical work on, field studies of Antarctic ice streams in the Transantarctic Mountains and in West Antarctica. Following John T. Hollin's work suggesting that climatic warming and rising sea-level cause Antarctic ice shelves to retreat, Mercer postulated that the West Antarctic ice sheet, being grounded well below sea-level and terminating in floating ice shelves, was vulnerable to these changes and may have collapsed altogether during the last interglacial when Antarctica may have been warmer and sea-level may have been higher. In 1978, in the science magazine Nature, Mercer pointed out that "green-house" warming from burning fossil fuel could have the same effect during the present interglacial. Two studies published 12 May 2014 confirm Mercer's assumption. Climate scientist James Hansen has coined the term, "John Mercer effect." After Mercer published his paper suggesting that the West Antarctic ice sheet could collapse in response to warming, he struggled to get funding.
Others, including Hansen, had similar problems. Many climate scientists censor their own work to avoid losing funding regarding prospects for limiting warming to 2 °C above pre-industrial temperatures. John H. Mercer was the third child of John W. Mercer, he was educated at private schools in Cheltenham and at Gordonstoun in Scotland. During World War II he served in the British Merchant Marines as a radio man. After the war he studied geography. At that time he came under the influence of William Vaughan Lewis. After finishing his B. A. in 1949 Mercer went to Canada, where he received his PhD in geography from McGill University in 1954. He was a Research Scholar from 1954 to 1956 at the Australian National University in Canberra, where he studied land use and population in western Samoa, he returned to Canada and worked in the Canadian Hydro-graphic Office in Ottawa as a geographer in 1957 and 1958. During 1959–60, 1961–62, 1964, 1966, the American Geographical Society employed him at its World Data Center A for Glaciology in New York.
The turning point in his career as a glaciologist was in 1960, when he became a Research Associate at The Ohio State University, in the Institute of Polar Studies. He remained at The Ohio State University until his death, becoming its first Senior Research Scientist. Southern Hemisphere Glacier Atlas Glacier Resurgence at the Atlantic/sub-Boreal Transition Antarctic Ice and Sangamon Sea Level Holocene Glacier Variations in Southern South America Cenozoic Glaciation in the Southern Hemisphere John H. Mercer papers at The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK