MILLER, Daniel Fry, a Representative from Iowa; born in Cumberland, Allegany County, Md., October
4, 1814; moved with his parents to Wayne County, Ohio, in 1816; attended the public schools;
taught for several years; engaged in newspaper work in Wooster, Ohio; moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., in
1830; employed as a clerk in stores; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced
practice in Fort Madison, Iowa; member of the territorial house of representatives in 1840; contested
the election of William H. Thompson to the Thirty-first Congress, but the House decided that neither
was entitled to the seat; subsequently elected as a Whig to fill this vacancy and served from December
20, 1850, to March 3, 1851; resumed the practice of law; presidential elector on the Republican
ticket in 1856; mayor of Fort Madison in 1859; moved to Keokuk, Iowa, and continued the practice
of law; unsuccessful candidate for election as judge of the supreme court in 1860; elected mayor of
Keokuk, Iowa, in 1873; member of the state house of representatives in 1894; retired from active
practice in 1895 and moved to Omaha, Nebr., where he died December 9, 1895; interment in St.
Peters Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa.
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