William Read Miller
|William Read Miller|
|12th Governor of Arkansas|
January 11, 1877 – January 11, 1881
|Preceded by||Augustus Hill Garland|
|Succeeded by||Thomas James Churchill|
November 23, 1823|
|Died||November 29, 1887
Little Rock, Arkansas
|Spouse(s)||Susan Elizabeth Bevens|
Miller was born on a farm in Batesville, Arkansas. He was educated in local schools.
Miller was elected county clerk of Independence County, Arkansas and served from 1848-1854. He was appointed State Auditor in 1854 and was reelected to that position in 1858, 1860, 1862, and again in 1874 after Reconstruction ended. Miller studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1868.
Miller was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1876, and was reelected in 1878. Miller was the first native born Arkansas governor. The Miller administration focused on public education and the state's financial problems. He signed legislation that funded the State Blind Asylum and the Arkansas Industrial University.
After leaving office Miller served as the Deputy Treasurer of Arkansas in 1881 and 1882. In 1886, he was elected to the position of State Auditor.
Family life and death
Miller was married to Sarah Susan Bevers and they had seven children.
- Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry
- National Governors Association
- Old State House Museum
Augustus Hill Garland
|Governor of Arkansas
Thomas James Churchill