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Jacob W. Miller

Jacob Welsh Miller (August 29, 1800 – September 30, 1862) was a United States Senator from New Jersey.


Born in German Valley, New Jersey (in Washington Township, Morris County), he attended the public schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and practiced in Morristown. He was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1832 and served in the State Council (now the New Jersey Senate) from 1838 to 1840. In 1840, he was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate, was reelected in 1846, and served from March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1853. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia (Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses).

In 1825 Miller married Mary Louisa Macculloch, the daughter of George P. Macculloch, a wealthy Morristown engineer and businessman who had designed and built the Morris Canal. They had nine children, one of whom was Captain Lindley Miller, who served as an officer of a black infantry regiment during the Civil War and wrote "Marching Song of the First Arkansas."

Miller died in Morristown, New Jersey in 1862 and was interred in St. Peter's Parish Churchyard.


United States Senate
Preceded by
Garret D. Wall
United States Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: Samuel L. Southard, William L. Dayton, Robert F. Stockton
Succeeded by
William Wright


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