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Jacob W. Miller

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Jacob Welsh Miller
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byGarret D. Wall
Succeeded byWilliam Wright
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1800-08-29)August 29, 1800
Washington Township, New Jersey
DiedSeptember 30, 1862(1862-09-30) (aged 62)
Morristown, New Jersey
Political partyWhig
ChildrenGeorge Macculloch Miller

Jacob Welsh Miller (August 29, 1800 – September 30, 1862) was a United States senator from New Jersey.

Early life

In 1800, Miller was born in German Valley, New Jersey (in Washington Township, Morris County), United States, North America.[1] He attended the public schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and practiced in Morristown.[1]


In 1832, Miller was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly. From 1839 to 1840, he then represented Morris County in the New Jersey Legislative Council (now the New Jersey Senate).[1]

In 1839, Miller was elected as a Whig to the state Senate, and to the U.S. Senate in 1841.[1] He was reelected in 1847, and served from March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1853. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia (Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses).[citation needed]

He joined the Republican Party in 1855.[1]

Personal life

In 1825, Miller married Mary Louisa Macculloch, the daughter of George P. Macculloch, a wealthy Morristown engineer and businessman who had designed and built the Morris Canal. They had nine children, including attorney George Macculloch Miller,[2] and Captain Lindley Miller, who served as an officer of a black infantry regiment during the Civil War and wrote "Marching Song of the First Arkansas".[citation needed]

In 1862, Miller died in Morristown, New Jersey.[1][3] He was interred in St. Peter's Parish Churchyard.


  1. ^ a b c d e f The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. IV. James T. White & Company. 1893. p. 269. Retrieved December 5, 2020 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "George M. Miller Dead at 85 Years. Prominent Corporation Lawyer Was Secretary of Cathedral of St. John the Divine". New York Times. November 15, 1917. Retrieved November 25, 2009.
  3. ^ "Death of Ex-Senator Miller". The Daily Empire. Newark, New Jersey. October 1, 1862. p. 4. Retrieved December 5, 2020 – via


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U.S. Senate
Preceded by  U.S. senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: Samuel L. Southard, William L. Dayton, Robert F. Stockton
Succeeded by
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