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MILLER, EDMOND THORNTON (1878–1952). Edmond Thornton Miller, professor of economics and authority on Texas finances, was born on June 6, 1878, in Fort Worth, the son of Henry and Eliza (Hollis) Miller. He attended Weatherford College, the University of Texas, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1909). He became an instructor in economics at the University of Texas in 1904, adjunct professor in 1913, and full professor in 1917, a position he held until his death. Miller married Emily Maverick of San Antonio on June 17, 1913; they became parents of three children.

His book A Financial History of Texas (1916) was long the standard work in its field. He was appointed in 1927 to the Texas Tax Survey Committee and in 1947 to the Governor's Tax Study Committee of the Texas Economy Commission. He published many scholarly articles and reviews, and one of his last studies was a comprehensive review of the state tax system, published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly for July 1951. Miller was also a collector of and authority on United States currency. He was a Democrat and a member of the Episcopalian Church. He died on May 6, 1952, and was buried in Austin Memorial Park.


Austin American, May 7, 1952. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who's Who in America, 1952–53.

Clarence E. Ayres


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Clarence E. Ayres, "MILLER, EDMOND THORNTON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.