Raymond T. Miller

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Ray T. Miller
Former Cleveland Mayor argues against proposed rail wage cut. Washington, D.C., Oct. 17. Roy T. Miller, former Mayor of Cleveland, today argues against the proposed rail wage cut for the LCCN2016874162.jpg
Miller in 1938
43rd Mayor of Cleveland
In office
Preceded byDaniel E. Morgan
Succeeded byHarry L. Davis
Personal details
Raymond Thomas Miller

(1893-01-10)January 10, 1893
Defiance, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJuly 13, 1966(1966-07-13) (aged 73)
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Ruth Hamilton (m. 1926)
ChildrenRoseanne, Ray, Ruth, Richard, Robert, Riley
Alma materNotre Dame University (LLB)

Raymond Thomas Miller, Sr. (January 10, 1893 – July 13, 1966) was an American politician who served as the 43rd mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, and the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party for over twenty years.

Life and career[edit]

Miller was born in Defiance, Ohio. He attended University of Notre Dame and received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1914. He joined the Ohio National Guard and served in France during World War I. After the war, Miller began practing law in Cleveland. In 1928, he was elected county prosecutor and had a hand in defeating the city manager plan. He defeated Daniel E. Morgan for mayor in 1931, becoming the first Democrat to serve as the city's mayor since Newton D. Baker. In his tenure, Miller reduced expenditures to cope with the misery brought by the Great Depression. He was defeated by returning Cleveland politician and former mayor, Harry L. Davis, when he attempted to run for reelection in 1933.

In 1938, Miller became chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic party. As chairman he succeeded in attracting African American voters which allowed the Democrats to elect mayors for thirty years and obtain a Democratic majority in council. Miller resigned as chairman in 1964.

Miller owned radio station WERE in Cleveland, Ohio, pioneering rock and roll-format music and hiring Bill Randle and Phil McLean.[citation needed]


Miller died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on May 21, 1966.[1] He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.[2]


  1. ^ "Ray T. Miller Sr. Is Dead at 73". The Plain Dealer. July 14, 1966. pp. 1, 8.
  2. ^ "Miller Rites Today at Our Lady of Peace". The Plain Dealer. July 16, 1966. p. 4.
  • The Encyclopedia Of Cleveland History by Cleveland Bicentennial Commission (Cleveland, Ohio), David D. Van Tassel (Editor), and John J. Grabowski (Editor) ISBN 0-253-33056-4
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel E. Morgan
Mayor of Cleveland
Succeeded by
Harry L. Davis