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William Henry Harrison Miller collection

Identifier: L108

Scope and Contents

The collection includes indentures, mortgages, abstracts of titles, and other legal documents from William Henry Harrison Miller regarding his property ownership in Indianapolis (1874-1906) as well as correspondence, reports, and financial papers regarding the construction and maintenance of said properties; letters of condolence to his wife and children at his death; several of Miller’s speeches; and a report to the U.S. Circuit Court on the case of James R. Jessup vs. the Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway Company (1907).

The 15 volumes (V101) consist of his ledger book recording his trustee accounts and Miller’s letter books, which contain his correspondence regarding his legal work, his work as U.S. Attorney General, and personal and financial matters, ranging from 1873 to 1911.

There is also an oversize folder of certificates ranging from 1889 to 1894 (OBC060).

Correspondents include Albert J. Beveridge, Oscar Bohlen, Mary Lord Harrison, and James E. Watson.


  • 1862-1919


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William Henry Harrison Miller was born in Augusta, Oneida County, New York, on September 6, 1840. His parents were Curtis and Lucy Duncan Miller. He attended Whitestown Seminary and graduate from Hamilton College in 1861. After serving in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War, Miller studied law under Morrison Waite in Toledo, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar in 1865 in Peru, Indiana. He practiced law in Peru where he also served as county school examiner there. Miller married Gertrude A. Bunce on December 23, 1863.

Miller spent most of his legal career practicing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, (1866-1874), where he was the law partner of William H. Combs, and Indianapolis (1874-1889, 1893-1917). He was the law partner of Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis (1874-1889) and served in the Harrison administration as Attorney General of the United States (1889-1893). Miller died in Indianapolis on May 25, 1917.


U.S. Department of Justice. "Attorney General William Henry Harrison Miller." Accessed October 25, 2005.


1.36 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 15 volumes, 1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Benjamin Harrison Association during April 1951.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC060: William Henry Harrison Miller certificates

V101: William Henry Harrison Miller volumes

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Christina Baich during October 2005. Finding aid revised 2015/11/04 by Laura Eliason; 2021/10/20 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.