Rutger B. Miller

Rutger Bleecker Miller (July 28, 1805 – November 12, 1877) was a United States Representative from New York. His father was Morris Smith Miller, also a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Lowville, Miller attended the common schools in Utica, the Catholic College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Yale College. He was graduated from the Litchfield Law School in 1824 and was admitted to the bar, practicing in Utica from 1829 to 1831. He was manager of the Utica Wilberforce Society 1829 and was interested in banking and railroads in 1832 and 1833.

Miller was a trustee of the village of Utica from 1829 to 1831; served as member of the first board of aldermen of the city of Utica; was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1832; and was clerk of the United States district court in 1833 and 1834.

Miller was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel Beardsley and served from November 9, 1836, to March 3, 1837.

He engaged in the erection of buildings and in railroad construction, and subsequently in the management of his farm in Boonville in Oneida County. Miller died in Utica; his remains were interred in Forest Hill Cemetery there.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Beardsley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry A. Foster

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