Raymond T. Miller
|Ray T. Miller|
Miller in 1938
|43rd Mayor of Cleveland|
|Preceded by||Daniel E. Morgan|
|Succeeded by||Harry L. Davis|
Raymond Thomas Miller|
January 10, 1893
Defiance, Ohio, U.S.
July 13, 1966 (aged 73)|
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Hamilton (m. 1926)|
|Children||Roseanne, Ray, Ruth, Richard, Robert, Riley|
|Alma mater||Notre 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
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.
- "Ray T. Miller Sr. Is Dead at 73". The Plain Dealer. July 14, 1966. pp. 1, 8.
- "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
Daniel E. Morgan
| Mayor of Cleveland
Harry L. Davis