MILLER, Stephen Decatur, (1787 - 1838)

Senate Years of Service: 1831-1833
Party: Nullifier

South Caroliniana Library

MILLER, Stephen Decatur, a Representative and a Senator from South Carolina; born in Waxhaw settlement, Lancaster District, S.C., May 8, 1787; studied under a private tutor; graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1808; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Sumterville in 1811; elected to the Fourteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Mayrant; reelected to the Fifteenth Congress and served from January 2, 1817, to March 3, 1819; resumed the practice of his profession; member, State senate 1822-1828; Governor of South Carolina 1828-1830; elected as a Nullifier to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1831, until March 2, 1833, when he resigned due to ill health; delegate to the South Carolina nullification conventions in 1832 and 1833; engaged in cotton planting in Mississippi in 1835; died in Raymond, Hinds County, Miss., March 8, 1838; interment in Raymond Cemetery, Raymond, Hinds County, Miss.


American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.