John Gaines Miller

John Gaines Miller ( born November 29, 1812 in Danville, Kentucky, † May 11 1856 in Marshall, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1851 and 1856 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Miller attended the public schools of his home and the Centre College in Danville. After a subsequent law degree, he was admitted in 1834 as a lawyer. A year later he moved to Boonville in Missouri, where he began his political career as a member of the Whig party. In 1840 he made the move into the House of Representatives from Missouri.

In the congressional elections of 1850 Miller was the third electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James S. Green on March 4, 1851. After two re- elections he could remain until his death on May 11, 1856 Congress. Since 1853 he represented there as the successor of John S. Phelps the fifth district of his state. After the dissolution of the Whigs joined Miller the short-lived opposition party to, as their candidate, he was re-elected in 1854. During his time as a congressman was discussed in the U.S. House of Representatives mainly on the problems leading up to the Civil War. It focused mainly on the question of slavery and the rights of individual states to the Union. Following a special election Millers parliamentary mandate fell to Thomas Peter Akers of the American Party.