John Elvis Miller

Senior Judge, Western District of Arkansas

John Elvis Miller served as a judge on the Western District Court of Arkansas from 1941 to 1981. He was born on May 15, 1888 in Aid, Missouri. Miller attended the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he received his bachelor of laws in 1912. Miller then moved to Searcy, Arkansas, where he practiced law at a firm before becoming a prosecutor in 1919 for the state's First Judicial Circuit. In 1931, he was elected to the House of Representatives from the Second Congressional District. Ten years later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated and the Senate confirmed Miller to the Western District Court of Arkansas, to a seat vacated by Judge Heartsill Ragon. On February 28, 1967, Miller assumed senior status and served in that capacity until his death on January 30, 1981.

Oral Histories

"John Elvis Miller Oral History Interview," March 18, 1976, by Walter L. Brown, Bruce Parnham, and Samuel A. Sizer. Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.