MINER, Charles (1780-1865)

MINER, CHARLES, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Norwich, Conn., February 1, 1780; attended the public schools of Norwich; moved in 1797 to his father's lands in Wyoming Valley, Pa., and to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 1802; became publisher of the Luzerne County Federalist; elected as a Federalist a member of the state house of representatives and served in 1807 and 1808; moved to West Chester, Pa., in 1816; elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1829); was not a candidate for renomination in 1828; editor and publisher of the Village Record 1829-1832; returned to Wilkes-Barre in 1834; involved in the mining of the large fields of anthracite coal in the Wyoming Valley; died in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on October 26, 1865; interment in Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 7 letters (1814-1828) in the DeWitt Clinton collection.
Personal and official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1827-1855. 12 letters.
Personal and official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1823-1832. 16 items in the Wayne collection and the Anti-Slavery collection.
Business and congressional papers and correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


Wyoming Historical and Geological Society
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Papers: 1807-1863. 2 cubic feet.
Includes 500 letters, diary/day book, printed matter, speeches, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and genealogical material, relating to national issues and elections 1820-1850, Pennsylvania politics, industry and transportation, and Luzerne and Chester County affairs. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.

  • Miner, Charles. An address, delivered at the Democratic Whig Festival. Wilkes-Barre: A. Sisty, printer, 1841.
  • ------. Essays from the desk of Poor Robert the Scribe. Containing lessons in manners, morals, and domestic economy. Originally published in the Gleanor. Doylestown: Printed by Asher Miner. July--1815. Reprint, [New York: The Printing House of W. E. Rudge, Inc., 1930].
  • ------. History of Wyoming [Valley, Pa.], in a Series of Letters, from Charles Miner, to his son William Penn Miner, Esq. Philadelphia: Published by J. Crissy, 1845.
  • ------. The Olive Branch. Philadelphia: [Printed by T. K. & P. G. Collins], 1856.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Miner, of Pennsylvania: Delivered in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 6 and 7, 1829: On the subject of slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia: With notes. Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1829.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Miner, of Pennsylvania, in defence [sic] of the Constitution, delivered in the House of Representatives, March 28, 1826. Washington: Printed by Gales & Seaton, 1826.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Miner on the Constitutional Power of Congress to make Internal Improvements: Delivered in the House of Representatives, Monday, February 25, 1828. Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1828.
  • Richardson, Charles Francis, and Elizabeth Miner (Thomas) Richardson. Charles Miner, a Pennsylvania Pioneer. Wilkes-Barre, Pa.: N.p., 1916.