Bert H. Miller

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Bert H. Miller
United States Senator
from Idaho
In office
January 3, 1949 – October 8, 1949
Preceded by Henry Dworshak
Succeeded by Henry Dworshak
Personal details
Born (1879-12-15)December 15, 1879
St. George, Utah Territory
Died October 8, 1949(1949-10-08) (aged 69)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Residence Boise
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Cumberland Law School
Profession Attorney
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Bert Henry Miller (December 15, 1879 – October 8, 1949) was a politician from Idaho. He was a member of the Idaho Democratic Party.[1]

Born in St. George, Utah Territory, Miller graduated from Brigham Young University in 1901 and from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee in 1902. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in St. Anthony, Idaho in 1903, and was prosecuting attorney of Fremont County from 1912 to 1914.

Miller ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1914. He was elected Idaho attorney general in 1932, and reelected in 1934. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1936, and served for two months in 1938 as Idaho's labor commissioner. Miller was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress. He was an attorney in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor at Seattle, Washington in 1939 and 1940, and was attorney general of Idaho from 1940 to 1944. He was elected a justice of the state's supreme court in 1944.

Miller was elected to the United States Senate in 1948, defeating Republican incumbent Henry Dworshak. However, Miller died of a heart attack after only nine months in office. Governor C. A. Robins appointed Dworshak to succeed him. As of 2013 Miller remains the last Democrat to hold the Class II United States Senate seat from Idaho.

Miller is buried in Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise.[2]


  1. ^ "Bert Miller, Gem State Senator, dies". Deseret News. Associated Press. October 8, 1949. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Morris Hill Cemetery walking tour". City of Boise. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Fred J. Babcock
Attorney General of Idaho
January 2, 1933–January 3, 1937
Succeeded by
J. W. Taylor
Preceded by
J. W. Taylor
Attorney General of Idaho
January 6, 1941–January 3, 1945
Succeeded by
Frank Langley
Party political offices
Preceded by
George E. Donart
Democratic Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Idaho
1948 (won)
Succeeded by
Claude J. Burtenshaw
United States Senate
Preceded by
Henry Dworshak
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Idaho
January 3, 1949–October 8, 1949
Served alongside: Glen H. Taylor
Succeeded by
Henry Dworshak