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
Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
In office
1945 (1945) – 1948 (1948)
Preceded by S. Ben Dunlap
Succeeded by C.J. Taylor
Attorney General of Idaho
In office
January 2, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Governor C. Ben Ross
Preceded by Fred J. Babcock
Succeeded by J. W. Taylor
In office
January 6, 1941 – January 3, 1945
Governor Chase A. Clark
C. A. Bottolfsen
Preceded by J. W. Taylor
Succeeded by Frank Langley
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.
Resting place Morris Hill Cemetery
Boise, Idaho
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carolin Hopkins Miller
(m. 1916–1949, his death)
Children Lee S. Miller
Patricia Ann Miller Hawley
Residence Boise
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Cumberland Law School
Profession Attorney

Bert Henry Miller (December 15, 1879 – October 8, 1949) was an American politician from Idaho and a member of the Democratic Party.[1][2]


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, during which time he was an advocate for Japanese-American internment camps. 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, but died of a heart attack after only nine months in office. Governor C. A. Robins appointed Dworshak to succeed him.[3] As of 2015, Miller remains the last Democrat to hold the Class II U.S. Senate seat from Idaho.

Miller is buried in Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise.[4]

Congressional elections[edit]


U.S. House elections (Idaho's 2nd district): Results 1938
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1938 Bert H. Miller 47,199 46.4% Henry Dworshak 54,527 53.6%


U.S. Senate elections in Idaho (Class II): Results 1948
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1948 Bert H. Miller 107,000 50.7% Henry Dworshak (inc.) 103,868 49.3%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bert Miller, Gem State Senator, dies". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Associated Press. October 8, 1949. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Heart attack ends long career of U.S. Senator Bert H. Miller". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 9, 1949. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Dworshak is selected as new Idaho Senator". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. October 14, 1949. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Morris Hill Cemetery walking tour". City of Boise. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 

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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
U.S. 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