John Franklin MILLER, Congress, CA (1831-1886)

Senate Years of Service:

MILLER, John Franklin, (uncle of John Franklin Miller [1862-1936]), a Senator from California; born in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., November 21, 1831; pursued an academic course; studied law and graduated from the New York State Law School in 1852; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in South Bend, Ind.; moved to California, where he practiced for a short time and then returned to South Bend; member, Indiana State Senate 1860-1861; entered the Union Army in 1861; brevetted major general in 1865, resigned, and returned to California; collector of the port of San Francisco 1865-1869, declining reappointment in 1869 to accept the presidency of the Alaska Commercial Company; delegate to the second State constitutional convention 1878-1879; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1881, until his death; chairman, Committee to Revise the Laws of the United States (Forty-seventh Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Forty-ninth Congress); died in Washington, D.C., March 8, 1886; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.; reinterment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 5, 1913.


Dictionary of American Biography; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 49th Cong., 1st sess., 1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1887.

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