MILLER,William Henry, lawyer, was born in Landisburg, Perry county, Pa., February 28, 1829, and died in Harrisburg September 12, 1870. His father, Hon. Jesse Miller, was one of the purest and wisest public men who has ever helped to make for Pennsylvania an honest history. He held many stations of trust, filled them with diligence and ability, and came out of them all with spotless hands. He was a member of Congress during General Jackson’s administration, first auditor of the United States treasury under President Van Buren, and he was appointed secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under Governor Francis R. Shunk, at which time he removed from Washington, D. C., to Harrisburg, where he died in August, 1850. William Henry was graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, and read law with Hermanus Alricks, an eminent member of the profession in Harrisburg, and was admitted to practice November 18, 1846. Upon his appointment as prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in 1854, he took up his residence in Harrisburg and served with ability in that capacity until 1863. He was for one term clerk of the State Senate, and for a number of years connected with the Harrisburg Patriot. In 1862 he was elected to the Thirty-eighth Congress of the United States by the people of his district, in the face of a heavy party majority, where he served with high reputation. He died in his forty-second year, in the prime of a busy and useful life. He married Ellen, the eldest daughter of the late Christopher L. Ward, of Towanda, Pa., who, with one son, Jesse, survives him. His father was born in Susquehanna county, Pa., in 1807. He resided most of his life at Towanda. He possessed the largest and most valuable private library in the State, comprising some fifteen thousand volumes, which has been, since his death, donated by Mrs. Miller to Lafayette College.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 22 November 2000
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