William Edward Miller
First Lieutenant, United States Army
Member of Congress
Vice Presidential Candidate
at Lockport, New York, March 22, 1914, he was a long-time Member of the
House of Representatives from New York State.
He was not a candidate for re-election in the 89th Congress. He had left the Congress in order to become a candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Republican ticket headed by Senator Barry M. Goldwater in 1964. That team was soundly defeated by President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.
He retired to Lockport and to the practice
of law, until his death in Buffalo, New York, on June 24, 1983. He was
buried in Section 5 of Arlington National Cemetery.
MILLER, William Edward, a Representative from New York; born in Lockport, Niagara County, N.Y., March 22, 1914; attended the parochial schools and Lockport High School; was graduated from Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind., in 1935, and from Albany Law School of Union University in 1938; was admitted to the bar in 1938 and commenced the practice of law in Lockport, N.Y.; appointed United States Commissioner for the Western District of New York in January 1940, and served until entering the United States Army July 1, 1942; assigned to the Military Intelligence Branch; in May 1945 was commissioned a first lieutenant and assigned to the War Criminals Branch at Washington, D.C., until August 1945; assistant prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, Germany, in 1945 and 1946; was discharged in March 1946; appointed assistant district attorney of Niagara County in March 1946; appointed district attorney on January 1, 1948, and elected district attorney in November 1948; chairman of National Republican Congressional Committee in 1960 and Republican National Committee in 1961; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1965); was not a candidate for reelection in the Eighty-ninth Congress but was an unsuccessful Republican candidate in 1964 to be Vice President of the United States; resumed the practice of law; resided in Lockport, N.Y. until his death in Buffalo, N.Y. on June 24, 1983; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
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