John F. Miller Papers, 1889-1938  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Miller, John Franklin, 1862-1936
Title
John F. Miller Papers
Dates
1889-1938 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.47 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Collection Number
1267 (Accession No. 1267-001)
Summary
Papers of a Republican Congressman from Seattle, 1917-1931.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Franklin Miller (1862-1936) served as a member of Congress from Seattle from 1917 to 1931. Born on a farm near South Bend, Indiana, he attended various universities, including West Point, Michigan, and Valparaiso. He graduated from the law department of Valparaiso in 1887 and was admitted to the bar that year. In 1888 he moved to Seattle, where he practiced law. Miller was the first prosecuting attorney of King County after statehood, serving from 1890 to 1894, and as deputy prosecuting attorney from 1905 to 1908.

In 1908 he ran for and was elected mayor of Seattle. Vice had become a major issue in the campaign; the incumbent William Hickman Moore, a Democrat, was seen as not having done enough to clean up corruption. Elected by five hundred votes, Miller also found it very hard to rid the city of houses of protitution. He served only one term, during which the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was held in Seattle.

In 1916 Miller ran for Congress on the basis of military preparedness. He advocated the development of the Puget Sound navy yard, envisioning it as the naval base for the North Pacific. While in Congress he secured funding for the industrial development of the Puget Sound area around Seattle. As a member of the House Naval Affairs Committee, he championed a dispersed base on Puget Sound which would include the navy yard at Bremerton, the Sand Point Naval Air Station, and the expansion of the Keyport torpedo base in Kitsap County. In 1919, as part of a Congressional delegation, he visited U.S. forces in France and Germany.

Defeated for election in 1930 largely due to his support for enforcement of Prohibition, Miller tried for a comeback in 1932. Although he defeated his successor, the lackluster Ralph Horr, in the primary, he was a victim of the Democratic landslide in 1932, losing to Marion Zioncheck. He resumed the practice of law and died in Seattle in 1936.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Almost all of Miller's papers are from his public career, especially from his service in Congress. Much of the correspondence and part of the legislation series documents Miller's bill to create a Division of Venereal Disease in the U.S. Public Health Service in 1918. Miller's speeches, largely political, date mainly from late in his career. The largest series consists of diaries, which begin in 1900 but which then skip to 1917 and continue throughout Miller's life. Diaries from his term as mayor of Seattle are not part of this collection. A small subgroup has been created for his wife, Mary Miller's incoming letters and several programs.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

John F. Miller Public and Personal Papers, 1889-1936Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Biographical Features
1889, n.d.
Incoming Letters
Box/Folder
1/2
Ijichi, Hikoziro
1909
1/3
Seattle Dept. of Sanitation and Health
1918
1/4
Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson
1918
1/5
U.S. Council of National Defense
1918
1/6
Sherwood, Cameron
1932
Box/Folder
1/7
Outgoing Letters
1918, 1924
1/8
General Correspondence
1917, 1931
Legislation
Box/Folder
1/9
Legislation
1918?
1/10
Bills and reports
1912-1935
Speeches
Box/Folder
1/11
Speech
1909?
1/12
Speech
1920
1/13
Speeches, campaign
1930
1/14
Speeches, campaign
1932
1/15
Speeches, printed
1919-1924
1/16-1/19
Speeches
n.d.
Box/Folder
1/20
Financial and Legal Papers
ca. 1890-1908
Ephemera
Box/Folder
1/21
Campaign
1930, 1932, n.d.
1/22
Anti-immigration
n.d.
1/23
Republican Party
1932-1936
1/24
Misc.
1909, 1910, 1930, n.d.
Box/Folder
1/25
Invitations
1909-1929
1/26
Miscellany: List and Writing
n.d.
1/27
Clippings
ca. 1908-1936
2/1
Certificates
1908-1918

Mary Miller Personal PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/2
Incoming Letters
1909, 1938, n.d.
2/3
Programs
1926-1928

John F. Miller DiariesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/4
Diaries
1900, 1917
2/5
Diary
1918
Box
3
Diaries
1919-1927
4
Diaries
1928-1936

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators--United States--Archives
  • Sexually transmitted diseases--Prevention
  • Sexually transmitted diseases--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Miller, John Franklin, 1862-1936--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Council of National Defense. Subcommittee for Civilian Cooperation in Combating Venereal Diseases
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • United States--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)