Barry Miller (politician)

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Barry Miller, Texas Lieutenant Governor 1925 - 1931

Barry Miller (December 25, 1864 – June 20, 1933) was a Texas state legislator and lieutenant governor from 1925 to 1931 serving under Governors Miriam A. Ferguson and Dan Moody.

Early life[edit]

Miller was born on December 25, 1864 in Barnwell, South Carolina, the son of Thomas Johnson Miller and Rachel Barry.[1] Miller married Minnie H. Miller (no close relation) in 1885, eventually residing at his wife's family home, Millermore.

Political career[edit]

Miller was a lawyer and was elected as a Democratic Texas state Senator in 1899 representing Dallas County. He served four terms and was chosen president pro tem in the Twenty-seventh Legislature.

Miller was then a campaign manager for U.S. Senator Charles A. Culberson. In 1911, he was appointed a Judge of the Criminal District Court in Dallas County and Miller was reelected in 1915. In 1916, Miller was elected to a vacant State Representative seat in Dallas as a Democrat. Miller was a vocal opponent of the Ku Klux Klan.[2]

Defeated for reelection in 1922, Miller ran for Lieutenant Governor along with other Anti-Klan candidates, Miriam A. Ferguson for Governor and Dan Moody for Attorney General in 1924 and the ticket was overwhelmingly elected in the Democratic Party primary run-off. Miller was reelected as Lieutenant Governor in 1926 and 1928.

In 1930, Miller was unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Texas, losing the Democratic nomination in a very crowded field to Houston oilman Ross Sterling.

Miller died on June 20, 1933 at Millermore in Dallas County.

Political offices
Preceded by
O. P. Bowser
Texas State Senator
from District 6 (Dallas)

1899 - 1903
Succeeded by
W. C. McKamy
Preceded by
Dwight Lewelling
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 44 (Dallas)

1917-1923
Succeeded by
unknown
Preceded by
Thomas Whitfield Davidson
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
1925–1931
Succeeded by
Edgar E. Witt

References[edit]

  1. ^ A. L. Weinberger, "MILLER, BARRY," Handbook of Texas Online ([1]), accessed May 14, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  2. ^ Ken Anderson, Konvicted: How Dan Moody '14 Destroyed the Klan in Texas. The Alcalde Austin, University of Texas.