James Miller

James Miller (1776 - 1851)

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Gen. James Miller
Born in Peterborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshiremap
Husband of — married in Hancock, Hillsborough, New Hampshiremap
Husband of — married in Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United Statesmap
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Categories: Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts | Arkansas Territory Governors | Namesakes US Counties | Battle of Lundy's Lane | Prisoners of War, United States of America, War of 1812 | 21st Regiment, United States Infantry, War of 1812 | Congressional Gold Medal | Notables.

Gen. James Miller served in the 21st Regiment, United States Infantry in the War of 1812
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James Miller was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in the War of 1812.

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Preceded by
Arkansas Territory Organized March 2, 1819
James Miller
1st Governor of
Arkansas Territory
State Seal of Arkansas
1819—1824
Succeeded by
2nd Territorial Governor
George Izard

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Biography

Son of James Miller and Catharine Gregg. He had formal education at Amherst, Massachusetts Academy and Williams College where he studied for a career as a lawyer. He was married to Martha Ferguson and they had a son James Ferguson Miller who later became a naval officer. After the death of Martha he re-married to Ruth Flint. He had enlisted in the New Hampshire Militia; but, soon he transferred to regular Army as a Major with the 4th United States Infantry and found victory over many Indians in the Indiana Territory. This hastened his advancement to Colonel. In 1812, his unit was called to Detroit, Michigan and the Battle of Maguaga. James was captured and became a prisoner; though, he was soon exchanged.

By the year 1814, he was a Colonel with the 21st Infantry Regiment and found action at the Battle of Lundy's Lane. He led his unit to capture the British artillery and was known for his famous quote of, "I will try sir!" He became known as "Hero of Lundy's Lane." For this gallant leadership he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and made a brevet Brigadier General.

After the war, Miller held multiple political offices including, Governor of the Arkansas Territory, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Arkansas Territory, House of Representatives in New Hampshire, and Collector of Customs in Salem, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Hawthorn based his character of The General in the Custom-House chapter of The Scarlet Letter on Miller. They had served together at the Salem Port.

Miller died from his second stroke in 1851.

Legacy

  • Miller County, Arkansas is named in his honor.

Sources

"United States Census, 1850," Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire,[1]

"New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949," Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire[2]

Also See

Bolton, S. Charles. Arkansas 1800–1860. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1998.

Ledbetter, Cal. “General James Miller: Hawthorne’s Hero in Arkansas.” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 47 (Summer 1988): 99–115.

White, Lonnie. “James Miller: Arkansas’ First Territorial Governor.” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 19 (Spring 1960): 12–30.


James Miller. [3][4][5][6]

Born 25 APR 1776. Peterborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire. [7][8][9]

Died 7 JUL 1851. Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire. [10][11][12][13]



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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Description of General James Miller.

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Wikipedia Summary of Military Career of General James Miller - Hero of War of 1812.

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Sources

  1. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWZN-JL5 : 9 November 2014), James Miller, Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States; citing family 64, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDV2-8ZR : 12 December 2014), James Gen. Miller, 07 Jul 1851; citing Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; FHL microfilm 2,168,484.
  3. Source: #S1129
  4. Source: #S1130
  5. Source: #S1131 Volume: 39
  6. Source: #S1132
  7. Source: #S1129
  8. Source: #S1130
  9. Source: #S1131 Volume: 39
  10. Source: #S1129
  11. Source: #S1130
  12. Source: #S1131 Volume: 39
  13. Source: #S1132
  • Source: S1129 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Repository: Ancestry.com 1,60525::100457581
  • Source: S1130 New Hampshire, Death and Burial Records Index, 1654-1949 Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Repository: Ancestry.com 1,2555::789955
  • Source: S1131 U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Repository: Ancestry.com 1,2204::81156
  • Source: S1132 The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Repository: Ancestry.com 1,2129::172996
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWZN-JL5 : 9 November 2014), James Miller, Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States; citing family 64, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDV2-8ZR : 12 December 2014), James Gen. Miller, 07 Jul 1851; citing Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; FHL microfilm 2,168,484.


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On 30 May 2017 at 00:17 GMT Lynette Jester wrote:

Hi LS, Great job on finding James' extended family. However, there is an issue with ancestry http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=108325502&pid=14689 returns a Page not found. A lot of us use familysearch.org because it provides links to sources for "free", so anyone can get to them. Example "New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDV2-8ZR : 12 December 2014), James Gen. Miller, 07 Jul 1851; citing Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; FHL microfilm 2,168,484.

And the 1850 census with his daughters Augusta and Rebecca. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWZN-JL5 : 9 November 2014), James Miller, Temple, Hillsborough, New Ham

On 29 May 2017 at 19:49 GMT LS Lawrence wrote:

Miller-45318 and Miller-29146 appear to represent the same person because: Hi-- These are clear duplicates. Same name, dates, places, etc. Note my profile adds a number of relatives and also sources to your excellent portrait, etc. A good combo! Thanks for taking a look!



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