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James Francis MILLER

(1830-1902)

MILLER, James Francis, a Representative from Texas; born in Winnsboro, Fairfield District, S.C., August 1, 1830; moved with his parents to Texas in 1842; attended the common schools and Reutersville College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Gonzales, Tex.; enlisted as a private in Company I, Eighth Texas Cavalry, better known as “Terry’s Texas Rangers,” and served throughout the Civil War; resumed the practice of law in Gonzales, Tex.; engaged in banking and stock raising; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Forty-ninth Congress); declined renomination; resumed former pursuits; elected as first president of the Texas Bankers’ Association in 1885; died in Gonzales, Tex., on July 3, 1902; interment in Masonic Cemetery.

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

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