Member Biography

Jesse Miller 


Congressional Biography from portrait Hist. of Perry County.; original portrait hung in a staff office of the Pennsylvania Department of Education; transferred to branch; current location or owner unknown.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1827-1828       16 Democrat
1828-1829       16 Democrat
1829-1830       16 Democrat
1830-1831       16 Democrat
1831-1832       16 Democrat

COUNTIES: Cumberland, Perry  


1800 - 08/20/1850

Jesse Miller (D16) Cumberland and Perry Counties 1828-1832

Early Life:

Jesse Miller, born 1800, Landisburg, Perry County, Pennsylvania, common school education; First clerk, County Commissioner, Perry County 1820-1823; Sheriff, Perry County 1823-1826; elected, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1826-1828, resigned; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania, State Senate 1828-1832; elected, Jacksonian, United States House of Representatives, 1833-1836, resigned; appointed, First Auditor, Treasury Department, 1836-1842; Pennsylvania Canal Commissioner, 1844-1845; Pennsylvania Secretary of State, 1845-1848; son, William Henry Miller; died, August 20, 1850, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

First clerk, County Commissioner, Perry County 1820-1823. 

Sheriff, Perry County 1823-1826. 

Elected, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1826-1828, resigned. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania, State Senate; 16th district, Cumberland and Perry Counties, Alexander Mahon resigned his seat, January 1828, replaced, Jesse Miller, February, 1828; 1828-1832. 

Appointed, President Andrew Jackson, First Auditor, Treasury Department, 1836-1842. 

Pennsylvania Canal Commissioner, 1844-1845. 

Pennsylvania Secretary of State, 1845-1848.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Jacksonian, United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district, Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, 1833-1836, chairman, Committee on Invalid Pensions, Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, resigned.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

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One son, William Henry Miller, clerk of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1854-1863; clerk of the Pennsylvania State Senate, 1858-1859; Member, United States House of Representatives Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district, 1863–1865. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members M"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

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Jesse Miller (1800-1850) - Find a Grave Memorial

Congressional Biography

After 5 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Jesse Miller  went on to serve in congress