October 29, 2022

George Lorin Miller, 1830-1920 [RG4559.AM]

NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG4559.AM:  George Lorin Miller, 1830-1920



Letter:  1903

Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.:  Leader of Nebraska’s Democratic Party; editor of the Omaha Herald

Size:  1 item



BACKGROUND NOTE



A native of New York, George L. Miller began medical practice in his home state, serving for a short time as city physician of Syracuse. After two years in that position, he resigned and moved to Omaha in 1854 at the age of twenty-four. Abandoning medicine for politics, Miller joined with other young men to shape Nebraska’s destiny. He served in the territorial legislature prior to 1860. After serving as clerk at Fort Kearny, Miller returned to Omaha in 1864. In the 1864 election he was defeated decisively in his attempt to become Nebraska Territory’s congressional delegate.



In 1865 Miller started a newspaper, the Omaha Herald, and it became the chief Democratic organ in the state. For the next thirty-five years, he was a leading figure in Nebraska’s Democratic party, sharing influence with J. Sterling Morton. His influence was also felt as he helped “to build Nebraska into a great agricultural state, and Omaha into a great commercial city.”



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of one letter dating from 1903. The letter, written by George L. Miller to C. S. Paine, discusses a newspaper article about Miller entitled, “Why He Is the Great Nebraskan.” The article, attached to the letter, attributes Miller’s greatness, in part, to his role in establishing winter wheat as a Nebraska crop.



DESCRIPTION



Letter, George L. Miller to C. S. Paine, 1903



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Miller, George Lorin, 1830-1920

Paine, Clarence Sumner, 1867-1916 Wheat — Nebraska

Winter wheat — Nebraska



 



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11-06-2009   Revised TMM/tmm

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