Samuel Freeman Miller

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, 1862-d. 1890

Samuel Freeman Miller was a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1862 to 1890. Miller was born on April 5, 1816. He earned his medical degree in 1838 from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. While practicing medicine in Barbourville, he studied the law on his own and was admitted to the bar in 1847. President Abraham Lincoln appointed Miller to the Supreme Court on July 16, 1862, to a seat vacated by Associate Justice Peter Vivian Daniel, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him on the same day. After the 1876 presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, Miller served on the electoral commission that awarded the disputed electoral votes to the Republican Hayes. Miller's service was terminated on October 13, 1890, due to death.

Archival Materials

  • Samuel Freeman Miller letters and autographs, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Samuel Freeman Miller papers, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.