George Macculloch Miller

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An 1855 portrait of Miller

George Macculloch Miller (1832 – November 14, 1917), was a prominent lawyer and secretary of Cathedral of St. John the Divine.[1]

Early life[edit]

George Macculloch Miller was born in 1832 in Morristown, New Jersey. He was the son of politician Jacob W. Miller and his wife Mary Louisa Macculloch.[2] His father and J. Pierpont Morgan were directors of the New-York, New-Haven and Hartford Railroad.[3] He graduated from the Burlington College in New Jersey in 1850 and later Harvard Law School.[2]


George Macculloch Miller and several others began a series of charitable collections among churches and business groups in as early as 1882.[4]] In 1893, a committee was appointed "to take steps to have Hospital Saturday and Sunday observed throughout the United States." Members of the committee included Miller, Charles Lanier, Morris K.Jesup, Samuel D. Babcock, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jesse Seligman, Jacob H. Schiff, and Charles Stewart Smith.[5] The goal of this organization was to have a second collection in churches across the United States and have the money disbursed to hospitals for assistance to indigents. This developed into a larger organization eventually becoming the United Hospital Fund.

Personal life[edit]

He married Elizabeth Odgen Hoffman (1834-1914). She was the daughter of Lindley Murray Hoffman and Susan Ogden. Together they had:

  • Hoffman Miller (1858-1917)[6]
  • Mary Louisa Miller (1860-1943)
  • Leverett Saltonstall Miller (1863-1931)
  • Elizabeth Agnes Miller (b. 1866)
  • George Macculloch Miller (1870-1871)
  • Edith Macculloch Miller (1873-1948)

He died on November 14, 1917 at his home, 270 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.[2]


His grandson, George Macculloch Miller III (d. 1972)[7] married Flora Payne Whitney in Cairo, Egypt in 1927.[6]


  1. ^ Dolkart, Andrew S. (2001). Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231078511. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "George M. Miller Dead at 85 Years. Prominent Corporation Lawyer Was Secretary of Cathedral of St. John the Divine". New York Times. November 15, 1917. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
  3. ^ "New-Haven and Hartford". New York Times, Oct. 20, 1892; Oct. 19, 1893
  4. ^ "Co-operative Hospital work" New York Times December 29, 1882
  5. ^ "Hospital Saturday and Sunday". New York Times, Nov. 21, 1893
  6. ^ a b "MRS. TOWER TO WED IN CAIRO TODAY | Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney to Marry G. MacCulloch Miller". The New York Times. February 24, 1927. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  7. ^ Times, Special To The New York (12 September 1972). "GEORGE M. MILLER, ARTIST, DIES AT 85". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 October 2016.

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