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George Funston Miller
(1809-1885)

George Funston Miller, U.S. representative, was born in 1809 in Chillisquaque Twp, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania to John T. and Sarah Funston Miller.  There is debate to his exact date of birth, with May 9 and September 5 as suggestions.  He attended Kirkpatrick’s Academy in Milton, Pa.  His family was large and had a relatively small income so he worked on a farm as an assistant during his time in school.  He studied law and was admitted to the Union County bar May 15, 1833.  He both practiced law and taught school.

He was active in the Lewisburg community.  He was a member of the Lewisburg Republican Association along with Theodore S. Christ, Oliver N. Worden, and Eli Slifer.  Miller served as a member of the board of curators of the University at Lewisburg (now Bucknell University) from 1846-1882 and secretary of the board of trustees from 1848-1864.  He was president of Lewisburg and Tyrone Rail Company and one of the stockholders and directors of the Northumberland bank.

In 1864, Miller was nominated by the Republican Party as their candidate for the 14th congressional District.  He was elected and served from 1865-1869 in the 39th and 40th Congresses.  In the 39th Congress he was a member of the Committees on Railways & Canals and Public Expenditure.  He continued on the Railways & Canals Committee and served on the Pension Committee and Revolutionary Claims and Pensions Committee during the 40th Congress. 

On September 27th, 1836, Miller married Amanda Bight.  They had two sons, both of whom became lawyers.  He died October 21, 1885 and was buried in Lewisburg, Union County, Pa. 

Please visit the following link for materials authored by George Funston Miller maintained in the Their Own Words database:

Miller, George Funston, 1809-1888

Researched, authored, and edited by Margaret Browndorf.


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