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 Samuel Freeman Miller

Samuel Freeman Miller

Birth
Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Death 13 Oct 1890 (aged 74)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 5687 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 11 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5687
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Freeman Miller (5 Apr 1816–13 Oct 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5687, citing Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .