John Miller (New York politician)

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John Miller (November 10, 1774 Amenia, Dutchess County, New York – March 31, 1862 Truxton, Cortland County, New York) was an American physician and politician from New York.


He attended the district school and a private classical school in Kent, Connecticut. From 1793 on, he studied medicine, first with an uncle, then with Dr. Moshier in Easton, New York. In 1797, he went to Philadelphia and became a private pupil of Dr. Benjamin Rush, and attended Rush's and Dr. William Shippen's lectures at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1798, he returned to Easton and practiced in partnership with Dr. Moshier. Miller was licensed to practice medicine by the Vermont Medical Society in 1800, the law on licensing physicians not being enacted yet in the State of New York. In 1801, he removed to that part of the Town of Fabius which was split off as the Town of Truxton when Cortland County was established in 1808, and continued the practice of medicine there. In 1805, he married Phoebe (1779–1838), and they had eight children, among them Charles Miller MD (1816–1854).

He was Coroner of Cortland County from 1802 to 1805, Postmaster of Truxton from 1805 to 1825, a Justice of the Peace from 1812 to 1821, and an associate judge of the Cortland County Court from 1817 to 1820. He was a founding member of the Cortland County Medical Society in 1808, and was its first Vice President.

Miller was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1816–17, 1820 and 1846. He was elected as an Adams man to the Nineteenth United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1825, to March 3, 1827. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846.

Miller was buried at the City Cemetery in Truxton.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Justin Dwinell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
John G. Stower