For the character on the US TV series The Office, see Charles Miner.
Charles Miner was born in Norwich, Connecticut son of Seth Miner and Anna Charleton. He attended the public schools of Norwich and moved with his brother Asher Miner in 1797 to his father’s lands in the Wyoming Valley, and to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1802. He became the publisher of the Luzerne County Federalist.
Miner was elected as a Federalist to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and served in 1807 and 1808. He moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1816. He was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1828. He was editor and publisher of the Village Record from 1829 to 1832. He returned to Wilkes-Barre in 1834 and became involved in the mining of the large fields of anthracite coal in the Wyoming Valley. He died in Wilkes-Barre in 1865. Interment in Hollenback Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre.
Miner's essay "Who'll turn Grindstone?" published in The Centinel 1810 coined the phrase "an axe to grind" as a metaphor for having ulterior personal motives. "When I see a man holding a fat office, sounding 'the horn on the borders' to call the people to support the man on whom he depends for his office. Well, thinks I, no wonder the man is zealous in the cause, he evidently has an axe to grind."
- Charles Miner at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Charles Miner entry at The Political Graveyard
- Families of Wyoming Valley, Biographical, Genealogical and Historical by George Brubaker Kulp, 1423 pages, published 1890, pages 1246-1259 tell of Charles Miner, his father Asher Minor, and some descendants.
- Miner, Margaret Mercer. Asher Miner, Citizen and Soldier. Cambridge, Mass: University Press, 1929. "Background" chapter gives information about Charles and Asher Miner, their parents, etc.
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- History of Wyoming (Pennsylvania) by Charles Miner, published 1845, 592 pages at books.google.
- The Olive Branch or the Evil and The Remedy by Charles Miner, published 1856. 31 page pamphlet against slavery.
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