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William Porcher MILES

(1822-1899)

MILES, William Porcher, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., July 4, 1822; attended Wellington School in Charleston and was graduated from Charleston College in 1842; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Charleston; mayor of Charleston 1855-1857; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, until his retirement in December 1860; member of the Confederate Provisional Congress in Montgomery, Ala., in February 1861; Member of the Confederate Congress from February 1862 to March 1864; colonel on the staff of General Beauregard; president of the University of South Carolina at Columbia 1880-1882; died in Burnside, La., on May 11, 1899; interment in Union Cemetery, Union, Monroe County, W.Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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