Daniel Fry MILLER, Congress, IA (1814-1895)


MILLER, Daniel Fry, a Representative from Iowa; born in Cumberland, Allegany County, Md., October 4, 1814; moved with his parents to Wayne County, Ohio, in 1816; attended the public schools; taught for several years; engaged in newspaper work in Wooster, Ohio; moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1830; employed as a clerk in stores; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Fort Madison, Iowa; member of the territorial house of representatives in 1840; contested the election of William H. Thompson to the Thirty-first Congress, but the House decided that neither was entitled to the seat; subsequently elected as a Whig to fill this vacancy and served from December 20, 1850, to March 3, 1851; resumed the practice of law; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1856; mayor of Fort Madison in 1859; moved to Keokuk, Iowa, and continued the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for election as judge of the supreme court in 1860; elected mayor of Keokuk, Iowa, in 1873; member of the state house of representatives in 1894; retired from active practice in 1895 and moved to Omaha, Nebr., where he died December 9, 1895; interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa.


Schmidt, Louis B. “The Miller-Thompson Election Contest.” Iowa Journal of History and Politics 12 (January 1914): 34-127.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present