William E. Miller


William E. Miller

Infobox Officeholder
name = William Edward Miller


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order2 = Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 40th congressional district
term_start2 = January 3, 1953
term_end2 = January 3, 1965
predecessor2 = Kenneth B. Keating
successor2 = Henry P. Smith III
order3 = Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 42nd congressional district
term_start3 = January 3, 1951
term_end3 = January 3, 1953
predecessor3 = William L. Pfeiffer
successor3 = John R. Pillion
order4 = 43rd Chairman of the Republican National Committee
term_start4 = 1961
term_end4 = 1964
predecessor4 = Thruston B. Morton
successor4 = Dean Burch
birth_date = March 22, 1914
birth_place = Lockport, New York
death_date = June 24, 1983 (aged 69)
death_place = Buffalo, New York
constituency =
party = Republican
spouse = Stephanie Miller
profession = Attorney
religion = Roman Catholic


footnotes =

William Edward "Bill" Miller (March 22, 1914 – June 24, 1983) was a New York politician. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 1964 election. Miller is the only practicing Catholic to have been nominated for national office by the Republican Party [cite news | first=Libby | last=Fitzgerald | coauthors= | title=William E. Miller:The Man Who Wanted To Be Vice President |date=, | publisher= | url=http://www.nd.edu/~ndmag/reflect/millervp.html | work=Notre Dame Magazine | pages= | accessdate = 2007-01-07 | language =] (later nominee Sarah Palin was baptized a Catholic).

Biography

Miller was born in Lockport, New York, the son of Elizabeth Hinch and Edward J. Miller, a factory floor sweeper. [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30A12F83A5C16738DDDAB0A94D9405B808AF1D3] Miller attended the University of Notre Dame and Albany Law School. He served in the United States Army during World War II, and later helped prosecute German war criminals at the Nuremberg trials. Miller was appointed district attorney of Niagara County, New York in 1948, by Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Miller served in the United States House of Representatives from 1951 to 1965 and was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1961 to 1964.

Following the defeat of the Goldwater-Miller ticket, Miller returned to his hometown of Lockport, where he resumed his law practice. He also appeared in one of the first "Do you know me?" commercials for American Express. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He and his wife Stephanie had three daughters and one son. His youngest daughter, Stephanie, was a stand-up comedian in the 1980s and is now a nationally syndicated liberal radio talk show host based on the West Coast. His son, William E. Miller, Jr. ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the House of Representatives in 1992 and 1994 to represent New York's 29th district. [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/miller9.html#SAY1CDX5L]

Electoral history

New York's 40th district, 1952 [ [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=405882 Our Campaigns - NY District 40 Race - Nov 04, 1952 ] ]
*William E. Miller (R) - 102,565 (59.64%)
*E. Dent Lackey (D) - 69,087 (40.17%)
*John Touralchuk (American Labor) - 329 (0.19%)

New York's 40th district, 1954 [ [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=403939 Our Campaigns - NY District 40 Race - Nov 02, 1954 ] ]
*William E. Miller (R) (inc.) - 77,016 (60.92%)
*Mariano A. Lucca (D) - 46,956 (37.14%)
*Louis Longo (Liberal) - 2,233 (1.77%)
*Nick Curtis (American Labor) - 222 (0.18%)

New York's 40th district, 1956 [ [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=400128 Our Campaigns - NY District 40 Race - Nov 06, 1956 ] ]
*William E. Miller (R) (inc.) - 117,051 (64.34%)
*A. Thorne Hills (D) - 64,872 (35.66%)

New York's 40th district, 1958 [ [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=397720 Our Campaigns - NY District 40 Race - Nov 04, 1958 ] ]
*William E. Miller (R) (inc.) - 90,066 (60.80%)
*Mariano A. Lucca (D) - 54,728 (36.94%)
*Hel J. Di Pota (Liberal) - 3,354 (2.26%)

New York's 40th district, 1960 [ [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=63872 Our Campaigns - NY District 40 Race - Nov 08, 1960 ] ]
*William E. Miller (R) (inc.) - 104,752 (53.62%)
*Mariano A. Lucca (D) - 85,005 (43.51%)
*Albert J. Taylor (Liberal) - 5,621 (2.88%)

New York's 40th district, 1962 [ [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=67387 Our Campaigns - NY District 40 Race - Nov 06, 1962 ] ]
*William E. Miller (R) (inc.) - 72,706 (52.04%)
*E. Dent Lackley (D) - 67,004 (47.96%)

United States presidential election, 1964
*Lyndon B. Johnson/Hubert Humphrey (D) - 43,127,041 (61.1%) and 486 electoral votes (44 states and D.C. carried)
*Barry Goldwater/William E. Miller (R) - 27,175,754 (38.5%) and 52 electoral votes (6 states carried)
* Unpledged electors (D) - 210,732 (0.3%) and 0 electoral votes

References

*Libby Miller Fitzgerald, "Bill Miller: Do You Know Me? A Daughter Remembers", Warwick House, 2004, ISBN 1-890306-73-8

External links

* [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M000762 Official Congressional Biography]
* [http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/wemiller.htm Photos of Miller's gravesite] at Arlington National Cemetery
* [http://www.stephaniemiller.com/Gallery/Photos-of-the-Cast-and-Crew/YoungStephanieMiller Photo of Bill Miller with his family] , circa 1964, at The Stephanie Miller Show official web site


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