Lucas M. Miller

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Lucas M. Miller
Lucas M. Miller (Wisconsin Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byCharles B. Clark
Succeeded byOwen A. Wells
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1824-09-15)September 15, 1824
Livadia, First Hellenic Republic
DiedDecember 4, 1902(1902-12-04) (aged 78)
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Lucas Miltiades Miller (some sources report his first name as Lucius) (September 15, 1824 – December 4, 1902) was an American merchant, attorney and politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.


Born in Livadia in the First Hellenic Republic (a provisional state that existed during the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire), Miller was left an orphan at the age of four, when he was adopted by J.P. Miller, an American who served as a colonel in the Greek Army during the Greek revolution. He accompanied his foster father upon his return to the United States and settled in Montpelier, Vermont in 1828. He attended the common schools and studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1845.

He began a law practice in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1846, while also owning a general merchandise business with Edward Eastman, a fellow emigrant from Vermont. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits and served as colonel of militia in the Mexican–American War.

He was nominated for the Wisconsin State Senate's Fourth District in 1849 as the candidate of the "Union Democratic Party" (soon to join with the Free Soil Party) faction of the Wisconsin Democratic Party; but lost to John A. Eastman, the Regular Democrat or "Hunker" Democratic candidate.[1]

He served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1853 and was commissioner of the Wisconsin Board of Public Works. He served ten years as chairman of the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors.

Miller was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893), though was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1892. He died in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on December 4, 1902 and was interred in Riverside Cemetery.

While serving in Congress, he proposed a Constitutional amendment to change the country's name to "the United States of the Earth".[2]


  1. ^ "'Birds of a Feather'" Fond du Lac Journal April 29, 1852; p. 2, col. 5
  2. ^ Dwyer, Jim, ed. (1989). "Immortal Amendments". Strange Stories, Amazing Facts of America's Past. Pleasantville, New York/Montreal: The Reader's Digest Association. p. 13. ISBN 0-89577-307-4.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles B. Clark
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
Owen A. Wells