Jacob W. Miller

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Jacob Welsh Miller
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byGarret D. Wall
Succeeded byWilliam Wright
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1800-08-29)August 29, 1800
Washington Township, New Jersey
DiedSeptember 30, 1862(1862-09-30) (aged 62)
Morristown, New Jersey
Political partyWhig

Jacob Welsh Miller (August 29, 1800 – September 30, 1862) was a United States Senator from New Jersey.[citation needed]


In 1800, Miller was born in German Valley, New Jersey (in Washington Township, Morris County), United States, North America. He attended the public schools, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and practiced in Morristown.[citation needed]

In 1825, Miller married Mary Louisa Macculloch, the daughter of George P. Macculloch, a wealthy Morristown engineer and businessman who had designed and built the Morris Canal. They had nine children, one of whom was Captain Lindley Miller, who served as an officer of a black infantry regiment during the Civil War and wrote "Marching Song of the First Arkansas".[citation needed]

In 1832, Miller was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly. From 1839 to 1840, he then represented Morris County in the New Jersey Legislative Council (now the New Jersey Senate).[citation needed]

In 1840, Miller was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate, was reelected in 1846, and served from March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1853. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia (Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses).[citation needed]

In 1862, Miller died in Morristown, New Jersey. He was interred in St. Peter's Parish Churchyard.[citation needed]



  • United States Congress. "Jacob W. Miller (id: M000731)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Macculloch-Miller Family Archives, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown, NJ.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Garret D. Wall
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: Samuel L. Southard, William L. Dayton, Robert F. Stockton
Succeeded by
William Wright