MILLER, John Franklin (1831-1886)

MILLER, JOHN FRANKLIN, (uncle of John Franklin Miller [1862-1936]), a Senator from California; born in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., November 21, 1831; pursued an academic course; studied law and graduated from the New York State Law School in 1852; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in South Bend, Ind.; moved to California, where he practiced for a short time and then returned to South Bend; member, Indiana State Senate 1860-1861; entered the Union Army in 1861; brevetted major general in 1865, resigned, and returned to California; collector of the port of San Francisco 1865-1869, declining reappointment in 1869 to accept the presidency of the Alaska Commercial Company; delegate to the second State constitutional convention 1878-1879; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1881, until his death; chairman, Committee to Revise the Laws of the United States (Forty-seventh Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Forty-ninth Congress); died in Washington, D.C., March 8, 1886; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.; reinterment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 5, 1913.

California Historical Society
San Francisco, CA
Papers: 1870-1885. 51 items. Correspondence relating to politics, patronage, requests for assistance from former Union Army soldiers, Crown Point mining stocks, and family matters; scrapbooks of letters; photos; broadsides; and newspaper clippings. Correspondents include Schuyler Colfax, Miller's brother Clay, and his wife, Mary.

California State Library
Sacramento, CA
Papers: 1855-1890. 4 manuscript boxes. Business papers relating to his law practice, land sales, and his Napa County ranch; letters (1851-1861, 1865-1885) relating to personal and political concerns; drafts of speeches; and calling cards, pamphlets, menus, and photographs. Finding aid.

Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 6 items (1854-1884) in various collections.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Benjamin Harrison papers, 1841-1900. In part, copies of originals at the Library of Congress.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1882. 1 item.

Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: 1848-1886. 2.5 linear feet. Personal and military correspondence; and business, financial, and legal papers dealing with his early legal career and military service. Chiefly concerns service in Tennessee during the Civil War, business and political activities in California after the war, the Alaska Commercial Company, and his service as senator and as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Finding aid.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1872-1881. 1 portfolio. Includes business correspondence and two drafts of Miller's account of the battle of Stone River and comments on hostilities at Liberty Gap and Nashville. Also letters in various collections.

  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of John Franklin Miller (a Senator from California) Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives. 49th Cong., 1st sess., 1886. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1887.