Raymond T. Miller

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Raymond Thomas Miller (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.

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]


  • 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