BMG  ★  Miller, John Franklin

John Franklin Miller Sr.


Born: November 21, 1831

Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana

Father: William Miller 1809 – 1879

Mary Martin 1811 – 1884

Wife: Mary Wickersham Chess 1836 – 1890
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​


Mary Eudora Miller Clover 1860 – 1920​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia)​
John Franklin Miller Jr. 1871 – 1878​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia)​


1852: Graduated from New York Law School​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in South Bend, Indiana​
Attorney for a short time in California​
1860 – 1861: Indiana State Senator​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1864: Colonel of 29th​ Indiana Infantry Regiment​
1862: Served in the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Served in the Siege of Corinth, Mississippi​
Led his regiment in Northern Alabama, and Tennessee​
Wounded in the neck during the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee​
1863: Wounded losing left eye at the Skirmish at Liberty Gap​
1863 – 1864: Medal Leave of Absence from the Union Army​
1864 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1864: Garrison Commander in Nashville, Tennessee​

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1864: Led his men in the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee​
1865: Brevetted Major General for his service in the War​
Declined Commission as Colonel in the United States Army​
1865: Resigned from Union Army on September 29th​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1869: Collector of Customs in San Francisco, California​
1869 – 1881: President of Alaska Commercial Company​
1869: Part Owner of Rancho Yajome in Napa Valley​
1878 – 1879: Member of California Constitutional Convention​
1881 – 1886: United States Senator from California​
1881 – 1883: Senate Chairman to Revise the laws of United States​
1885 – 1886: Member of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations​

Died: March 8, 1886

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death: Bright’s Disease of Kidneys, edema and heart failure

Age at time of Death: 54 years old

Original Burial Place: Laurel Hill Cemetery, San Francisco, California

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, since 1913
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
It's somewhat odd that he went from freeing slaves as a Union General then went to passing anti-Chinese and exclusion laws as a Senator.