Augustus S. Miller

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Augustus Samuel Miller
Augustus S. Miller portrait.jpg
22nd Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island
In office
January 1903 – September 25, 1905
Preceded by Daniel L. D. Granger
Succeeded by Elisha Dyer, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1847-08-13)August 13, 1847
Plainfield, Connecticut
Died September 26, 1905(1905-09-26) (aged 58)
Providence, Rhode Island
Cause of death Heart disease[1]
Resting place North Burial Ground, Providence, RI
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth LeMoine Davis
Parents Simon Williams Miller, Ann Lawton Miller
Residence Providence, Rhode Island
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Lawyer

Augustus Samuel Miller (August 13, 1847 – September 26, 1905) was 22nd mayor of Providence, Rhode Island 1903-1905. He died while in office.

Personal life[edit]

Augustus S. Miller was born August 13, 1847 in Plainfield, Connecticut.[1][2] His family ancestry can be traced back to Roger Williams.[3] He graduated from Brown University[4] in 1871.[1][3]

Law career[edit]

After being admitted to the bar in 1874, Miller formed a law partnership with Henry J. Spooner, who later was elected Congressman[1][4] Later he formed the firm Miller & Caroll with Thomas A. Carroll.[4] He was vice president of the Rhode Island Bar Association.[4]

Political career[edit]

Miller served several terms in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and was speaker for two terms,[4] 1889-1891.[3] He also served two terms as state senator from Providence.[4] Miller was elected to the mayor's office twice, in 1903 and 1904.

Death and burial[edit]

Miller died suddenly while socializing at the elite Hope Club in Providence in the early morning hours of September 26.[1] He sank back in his chair and died before help could arrive.[4] The cause was ruled as heart disease.[1] His wife Elizabeth and son William D. survived him.[1]

He is buried in Providence's North Burial Ground.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Personalities". Municipal Journal and Engineer. XIX (5): 230. November 1905. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Providence Mayor's Sudden Death". Newport, RI: The Newport Mercury. 30 September 1905. p. 8. Retrieved 4 January 2016. Providence, September 26: Mayor Augustus S. Miller dropped dead at the Hope Club at 1:45 o'clock this morning. It is believed that death was due to heart disease. Miller was born in Plainfield, Conn., on Aug 13, 1847. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mayors of the City of Providence". The City of Providence website. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Recent Deaths: Mayor A.S. Miller". Newport, Rhode Island: Newport Mercury. 30 September 1905. p. 1. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel L. D. Granger
Mayor of Providence
Succeeded by
Elisha Dyer, Jr.