US Congressman. He was born one of five children (he also had two sisters, two brothers, and eight half-siblings) to Lewis Montgomery Miller and his wife Elizabeth "Kay" Shinn Miller in Apple Grove, Ohio, on April 2, 1847, (some sources say 1846). The family later moved to Millwood, Virginia in Jackson County, in what later became West Virginia, in about 1850. He was educated locally but only received a private education suitable for his class due to the State of Virginia having no public schools during that time period. He later enrolled at and attended the prestigious Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he later graduated from. Following his education, he taught school while studying to be a lawyer. He was admitted to the bar and commenced his practice of law in Ripley, West Virginia, shortly thereafter. During the Civil War, he wanted to serve his country and he enlisted as a Private in the Infantry with the 192nd Pennsylvania, Company K, in Yocumtown, Pennsylvania, on February 20, 1865. He was mustered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on March 8, 1865. Following his military service, he resumed his practice of law. He also became interested in politics and served a term as the Mayor of Ripley, West Virginia, in 1871. He also became the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, West Virginia, Wirt County, West Virginia, and Roane County, West Virginia, serving in that position from 1878 to 1880, and as Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, West Virginia, Wirt County, West Virginia, and Roane County, West Virginia serving in that position from 1878 to 1890. He also served as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884, and was a Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from Jackson County from 1890 to 1891. He was an unsuccessful Candidate for Judge of the West Virginia State Supreme Court in 1892. He then decided to run for a seat in the United States Congress and was elected. A Member of the Republican Party, he then served West Virginia's 4th District (Fifty-Fourth Congress and Fifty-Fifth Congress) in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1895, to March 3, 1899. He was not a Candidate for renomination. After his term in the United States Congress expired he was succeeded in office by United States Representative Romeo Hoyt Freer on March 4, 1899. After leaving the United States Congress he resumed his practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits and farming. During his time in the United States Congress, he had also served as Prosecuting Attorney for Ritchie County, West Virginia, in 1896. He was appointed a Circuit Judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit from 1900 (some sources say 1902) to 1903, and was appointed a Judge of the West Virginia Court of Appeals from 1903 to 1904. He lastly served as a Member of the West Virginia State Senate representing the 4th District from 1914 to 1918. He then once again resumed his practice of law until his death. He passed away suddenly from Dilated cardiomyopathy (heart problems) on December 29, 1920, at the age of 73, in Ripley, West Virginia, and was buried in the Cottageville United Methodist Church Cemetery in Cottageville, West Virginia. It is not known if he ever married or had any children.
Bio by: Kris 'Peterborough K' Peterson
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