Member Biography

John S. Miller 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1919-1920       36 Republican
1921-1922       36 Republican


09/04/1875 - 05/02/1962

John S. Miller (R36) Bedford, Fulton and Somerset Counties 1919-1922 

Early Life:

John S. Miller, born September 4, 1875, Jenner Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania; son of Josiah and Eliza Struft Miller; rural public school education; Gettysburg Academy; teacher school in his native township, State of Iowa, 1893; Gettysburg College; Washington and Jefferson College, 1901; admitted, Somerset County Bar, 1904; attorney, practicing law, Coffroth and Ruppel; engaged, farming, Millers Orchards, Somerset; elected, District Attorney, Somerset County, 1907-1911; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1919-1922; Somerset County Solicitor 1921-1929; appointed, Deputy attorney general, 1925-1933; advisory capacity, State Department Justice, Workmen’s Compensation Board; died, May 2, 1962 (aged 86), Siemon Nursing Home, Somerset County, Pennsylvania; newspaper reports interment to be Horner-Mount Tabor Church Cemetery, Stoystown, Somerset County, Pennsylvania however computer record do not confirm that. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

President, Somerset County Bar Association, 1943; member, Somerset Farm Bureau Association; Somerset Lodge 358 Free and Accepted Masons; Pittsburgh Consistory; Jaffa Temple; Somerset Rotary Club.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, District Attorney, Somerset County, 1907-1911.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Bedford, Fulton and Somerset Counties, 1919-1922; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Education, Exposition Affairs (Chairman), Forestry, Judiciary General, Legislative Apportionment, Library, Public Printing, Public Roads and Highways.

Somerset County Solicitor, 1921-1929.

Appointed, deputy attorney general, under Governors John S. Fine, Gifford Pinchot, 1925-1933.

Advisory capacity, State Department Justice, Workmen’s Compensation Board.

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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1921-1922). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1345, 1358, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1323. 

The Republic (Meyersdale, Pennsylvania) · Thursday, May 10, 1962 · Page 2.