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Samuel Freeman Miller
Birth: Apr. 5, 1816
Richmond
Madison County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1890
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. He was a physician, when he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1847 and began to practice law in Keokuk, Ohio. Active in Hawkeye politics, he was against slavery and supported Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 election. On July 16, 1862, President Lincoln nominated Miller as a justice to the Supreme Court. He strongly favored Lincoln's positions, and upheld his wartime suspension of trials by the military commission. After the Civil War, Miller voted to uphold the constitutionality of loyalty oaths required of former Confederates seeking to hold office. Through the 1870s and 1880s, he steered a middle course in interpreting the Fourteenth Amendment and favored granting states wide latitudes in the regulation of business. Throughout his tenure as a Justice on the Supreme Court, his jurisprudence was characterized by a pragmatic concern for preserving what he viewed as necessary governmental powers. He died while in office at the age of 74. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Eliza Winter Miller (1827 - 1900)*
  Lucy L Ballinger Miller (1827 - 1851)*
 
 Children:
  Olivia Ballinger Miller Corkhill (1844 - 1873)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakland Cemetery
Keokuk
Lee County
Iowa, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 11, 1999
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Samuel Freeman Miller
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Samuel Freeman Miller: Sir, you will be remembered as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court who served from 1862 to 1890. You were a physician and lawyer. Active in Hawkeye politics, you supported Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 election. Li...(Read more)
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