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Miller, William G. (1821–1888)

Aragorn Storm Miller Biography

William G. Miller, farmer, surveyor, state representative, and Confederate soldier, was born in Alabama in January 1821. Miller was raised in Alabama and married Elizabeth C. Sanders there around 1842; they had two sons. He later served as a representative in the Alabama state legislature. Miller relocated to Florida in the late 1840s or early 1850s and brought his family to Texas in 1853, settling in Bastrop County. Here Miller engaged as a farmer and surveyor. By 1860 he was among the prosperous citizens of the county, owning 500 acres of land, eight slaves, and claiming $22,310 in personal and real estate property. In January 1861 Miller was elected as a delegate for Bastrop County to the Texas Secession Convention. In April 1861 Miller was named enrolling officer for the Second Military District, of which Bastrop County was a part. The following year he volunteered for service in the Confederate Army, joining the frontier troops as a private. He served in this capacity throughout the war. At the cessation of hostilities, Miller returned to Bastrop County where he resumed his prominent role in community affairs. In 1873 he won election as representative for District Twenty-six—comprised of Bastrop and Fayette counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. William Miller died in Bastrop County on October 13, 1888. He was a Baptist.

Larry J. Gage, "The Texas Road to Secession and War: John Marshall and the Texas State Gazette, 1860–1861," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 62 (October 1958). History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee, and Burleson Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893). Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). Ralph A. Wooster, "An Analysis of the Membership of the Texas Secession Convention," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 62 (January 1959).


  • Fourteenth Legislature (1874-1875)
  • House

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Aragorn Storm Miller, “Miller, William G.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 19, 2020,

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