Member Biography

William Colvin Miller Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1903-1904       36 Republican
1905-1906       36 Republican
1907-1908       36 Republican
1909-1910       36 Republican


01/03/1868 - 04/16/1930

Doctor William Colvin Miller, Sr. (R36) Bedford, Fulton and Somerset Counties 1903-1910

Early Life: 

Doctor William Colvin Miller, Sr., born, January 3, 1868, Neosho, Newton County, Missouri; son of Lieutenant James Harvey and Eliza Colvin Miller; public school education, Bedford, Woodbury, Pennsylvania; attended, Lafayette College, 1885-1886; attended, medicine, University of Virginia, 1887; University Medical College, New York City, M.D., 1888; major, Medical Corps, United States Army, World War I; physician, engaged, practice of medicine, Bedford County; school director, two terms; surgeon, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1899-1901, not a candidate for reelection, 1902; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1902-1910; manager, Pathescope Motion Picture Company, Harrisburg; special inspector of boards of health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, 1911-1914; director, Bureau of Public Health Education, Pennsylvania Department of Health, 1914-1925; president, general manager, Miller Advertising Corporation, 1925-1927; supervisor of state clinics, Pennsylvania Department of Health, 1927-1930; married, Carrie Rose Sill Miller, son William C. Miller, Jr.; died, April 16, 1930, Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interment, Schellsburg Cemetery, Schellsburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

When two years old moved with his parents to Arizona; his father being killed two years later by the Indians, he returned with his mother to her former home at Schellburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1899-1901, not a candidate for reelection, 1902.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 36th district, Bedford Fulton and Somerset Counties, 1903-1910; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Education, Finance, Game and Fisheries, Law and Order (Chairman), New Counties and County Seats, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Roads and Highways. Sponsored legislation creating State Department of Health, requested by Senator Boies Penrose.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


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

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1910). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 994, 1000-1003, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 974.

The Evening News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) · Thursday, April 17, 1930, · Page 1.

Dr William Colvin Miller (1868-1930) - Find a Grave Memorial