Warner Miller

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Warner Miller
Warner Miller.jpg
United States Senator
from New York
In office
July 27, 1881 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byThomas C. Platt
Succeeded byFrank Hiscock
Member of the U.S. House of
from New York's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1879 – July 26, 1881
Preceded byGeorge A. Bagley
Succeeded byCharles R. Skinner
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Herkimer County district
In office
January 1, 1874 – December 31, 1875
Preceded byEleazer C. Rice
Succeeded byMyron A. McKee
Personal details
Born(1838-08-12)August 12, 1838
Hannibal, New York
DiedMarch 21, 1918(1918-03-21) (aged 79)
New York City, New York
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Caroline Churchill Miller (m. 1864-1903, her death)
EducationUnion College
ProfessionPaper company executive

Warner Miller (August 12, 1838 – March 21, 1918) was a Representative and a United States Senator from New York.

Birth and early life[edit]

Miller was born in Hannibal, Oswego County, New York on August 12, 1838. He attended the common schools and the Charlottesville Academy. He graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1860.

Early career and military service[edit]

He became a professor of Latin and Greek in the Fort Edward Collegiate Institute. During the American Civil War, he enlisted as a private in the Fifth Regiment, New York Volunteer Cavalry in 1861. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant major and lieutenant. He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Winchester. He was exchanged and honorably discharged. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and was the founder of a wood-pulp business. He developed new techniques for paper production and was president of the American Paper & Pulp Association. His son, Burr Churchill Miller, became a sculptor.

Career in public service[edit]

Miller was a member of the New York State Assembly (Herkimer Co.) in 1874 and 1875. He was elected as a Republican to the 46th and 47th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1879, to July 26, 1881, when he resigned. He was elected as a Republican in 1881 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas C. Platt and served from July 27, 1881, to March 3, 1887. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1887. He was Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (48th and 49th Congresses). He ran for Governor of New York at the New York state election, 1888, but was defeated by the incumbent Democrat David B. Hill. Miller was Chairman of the Special Tax Commission of the State of New York in 1906.

Later years[edit]

He retired and resided in Herkimer, New York. He died in New York City, March 21, 1918 and was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, N.Y.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Warner Miller (id: M000760)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-10-19
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ira Davenport
Republican nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Jacob Sloat Fassett
New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Eleazer C. Rice
New York State Assembly
Herkimer County

Succeeded by
Myron A. McKee
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George A. Bagley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

March 4, 1879 – July 26, 1881
Succeeded by
Charles R. Skinner
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Thomas C. Platt
U.S. senator (Class 1) from New York
July 27, 1881 – March 3, 1887
Served alongside: Elbridge G. Lapham, William M. Evarts
Succeeded by
Frank Hiscock