Warner MILLER, Congress, NY (1838-1918)

Senate Years of Service:

MILLER, Warner, a Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Hannibal, Oswego County, N.Y., August 12, 1838; attended the common schools and Charlottesville Academy; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1860; professor of Latin and Greek in the Fort Edward Collegiate Institute; during the Civil War enlisted as a private in the Fifth Regiment, New York Volunteer Cavalry, 1861; promoted to the rank of sergeant major and lieutenant; taken prisoner at the Battle of Winchester; exchanged and honorably discharged; engaged in agricultural pursuits; founder of a the wood-pulp business, developed new techniques for paper production, and was president of the American Paper & Pulp Association; member, State assembly 1873-1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1879, until his resignation July 26, 1881; 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; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1887; chairman, Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New York in 1888; chairman of the Special Tax Commission of the State of New York 1906; retired and resided in Herkimer, N.Y.; died in New York City, March 21, 1918; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, N.Y.


Dictionary of American Biography.

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