The following was a brief biographical sketch of Albert handwritten by his
son C.O.G. Miller about 1901.
Albert Miller after serving a five year apprenticeship with a dry goods firm in Harlen, Germany emigrated to the United States - arriving in New York on the Presidential election day in Nov. 1848 (the vote carried Zachary Taylor into office). He lived about a year in New Orleans and later in Richmond, Virginia where he was employed by the dry goods firm of London Bros. He arrived in San Francisco, California on the steamer "Oregon" April 3rd 1851. He built the house at No. 1208 Sacramento St. in 1856. Was employed by the "Bulletin", Hussey Bond and Hale and later about 1858 became a member of the firm of Janson Bond and Co. He retired from the dry goods business in 1864 and became president of the California Insurance Co. from which he resigned in August 1866 on account of ill health. Sailed with his family for Europe April 17, 1867 returned in November 1870. Was one of the founders and the first Vice-President of the S.F. Savings Union - June 1862. Founded and was president from its start to his death of Pacific Gas Improvement Co.
"Albert Miller, merchant and financier, was born at Piene, Hanover,Germany, 12 February 1828, son of Heinrich Freiderich and Wilhelmina(Herbst) Muller. His father, who was educated at the University of Gottingen, was a physician and later proprieter of a prosperous drug business. The son received his education at a commercial college at Braunschweig, Germany. For five years he was apprenticed to a dry goods merchant, during which time he obtained a thorough knowledge of business principles and practices which he turned to good account later in life. At the end of his apprenticeship, in 1848, he emigrated to the United States and spent three years in the eastern section of the country where he filled various positions of honor and trust. In 1851 he went to San Francisco (on the steamer Oregon) which was destined to be the field of his future labors. He served various shipping firms as bookkeeper and managing clerk until 1855, when he was offered a partnership in one of the leading dry goods houses on the Pacific coast, Janson, Bond & Co., his services as manager being considered as more than offset to the capital subscribed by the other partners. The firm continued in business until 1865 when Janson and Bond retired and the firm was dissolved. In the meanwhile (1854) Mr. Miller and Harry Meiggs founded the first savings bank in San Francisco, styled the San Francisco Building and Loan Association, of which he was vice-president for eight years. In 1862 he severed his connection with the building and loan association and, in association with John Archibald and James de Fremery, established the San Francisco Savings Union Bank & Trust Company, with which he was connected until the time of his death as vice-president and director. It was largely due to his efforts and management that the bank gained a reputation for being one of the safest and most substantial on the Pacific coast. During 1864-66 he was president of the California Insurance Company, a period of its greatest prosperity, when it paid dividends of 2 per cent. per month. During 1867-70, upon the advice of his physician, he traveled with his family in Germany, France and England, returning to San Francisco in the latter year, and resuming his business engagements. He also became a stockholder and director in the Atlantic Dynamite Company and the Giant Powder Co., serving frequently as acting president or vice-president of the latter. In 1884, with Sen. William Sharon and Lloyd Tevis, he founded the Pacific Gas Improvement Co., of which he was president until his death. He was interested in Starr & Company's flour mills and was one of ten promoters of the Presidio & Ferries Railroad. He helped to organize the Pacific Surety Company and was an incorporator and director of the Sather Banking Co. During the forty years that he was identified with the business and financial life of California he became one of the state's most prominant men. Possessing discretion, sound judgement and a keen insight into business details and operations, he did not meet with a single serious reverse during his whole career. He had the unfailing confidence and trust of all his business associates and never was it misplaced or abused. In a social, no less than in a business way, he impressed the community for good. He helped to launch the Y.M.C.A. in San Francisco and for a few years was its vice-president and one of its Sunday school teachers. In 1887 he was appointed one of the regents of the University of California, and served, by reappointment, until his death. He was a constant reader, being especially interested in political economy, history, biography and travel, and his tastes were essentially refined. The upright and lofty traits of his character did much to elevate the moral tone of the business life of his community and he left a name that is held in high esteem wherever it is known."
--National Cyclopedia of American Biography
San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 149, April 18, 1900: "Funeral of Albert Miller. OAKLAND, April 17. — The funeral of the late Albert Miller will be held to-morrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the family residence, Fourteenth and Union street. The Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Rev. Charles R. Brown, pastor of the First Congregational Church, will officiate. The services will be of a very simple character."
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