BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON GEORGE N. MILLER
George Miller was a native of Hartford Connecticut who attended Yale in his younger years. Before taking his examination for a degree however, he had an excellent business opportunity offered him and he promptly accepted, left college, and went to Charleston, South Carolina where for 20 years he conducted a large cotton plantation that employed scores of slaves. In 1845, however, he found himself so affiliated with Northern ideas that he could no longer support the notion of slavery. He brought his cotton business to an end, disposed of his slaves, and returned to Connecticut.
At one point, George lived in Wallingford, Connecticut which is where the letter of 1880 to Josiah was posted from. In an article written by John B. Kendrick about a horrible tornado that hit Wallingford in 1878, he noted that G.N. Miller of the community, while sitting upon the veranda, saw the huge black cloud moving from the north, & while watching it as it demolished their windmill, had his attention quickly called to the lake, where another mass of cloud of inky blackness was moving from the southwest . . . From all accounts, this tornado was indeed an awful example of natures fury and all the residents of Wallingford were greatly affected. Those that were lucky enough to escape the worst of the storms wrath moved among the dead and injured, helping in whatever way they could. Kendrick went on to write that ...Miss Nash was sitting on a bed, holding in her lap Miss ORourkes bleeding head and bathing it. George N. Miller was watching by her bedside on Saturday morning at two oclock. It is unknown if Miller sustained any personal or property damage from the storm, but he obviously lived through it since his letter was written two years later.
For many years, George N. Miller was director of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Connecticut Railroad. He grew to great prominence in his community and continued his connection with the railroad up to the time of his death. He died in March 1891 at the age of 85 years.
New York Times Obituary, New York Times published March 11, 1891
of the Wallingford Disaster
History of the Wallingford Disasterby: John B. Kendrick, Hartford, Conn.: The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., Printers 1878
Letter written from George N. Miller to Josiah Ware
dated January 26, 1880, transcribed by Judy C. Ware, March 2009 Original copy owned by
Jane & Scott Dudgeon.
Letter written from George N. Miller to Josiah Ware dated January 26, 1880, transcribed by Judy C. Ware, March 2009 Original copy owned by Jane & Scott Dudgeon.
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