MILLER, Thomas Woodnutt, (1886 - 1973)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

MILLER, Thomas Woodnutt, (uncle of Clement W. Miller), a Representative from Delaware; born in Wilmington, Del., June 26, 1886; attended the Hotchkiss School; was graduated from Yale University in 1908; interested in mining in Nevada since early youth; employed as a steel roller by the Bethlehem Steel Co., in 1908 and 1909; secretary to Representative William H. Heald of Delaware 1910-1912, and during this period studied law in Washington, D.C.; secretary of state of Delaware 1913-1915; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1917); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress; during the First World War enlisted in July 1917 as a private in the Infantry of the United States Army; promoted to lieutenant colonel and served in France with the Seventy-ninth Division until discharged in September 1919; awarded the Purple Heart; a founder and incorporator of the American Legion and vice chairman of the Paris caucus in March 1919; Alien Property Custodian 1921-1925; member of the American Battle Monuments Commission 1923-1926; founder Nevada State park system and chairman of the Nevada State Park Commission in 1935, 1936, 1953-1959, and 1967-1973; staff field representative of the United States Veterans’ Employment Service, 1945-1957; died in Reno, Nev., May 5, 1973; cremated; ashes interred in Masonic Memorial Gardens.