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Anthony Melville Miller papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 21/7/41

Scope and Contents

This collection (1871-1947, undated) contains the biographical information, correspondence, and professional law papers of Anthony Melville Miller.


  • 1871-1947, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Consult Special Collections and University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

Anthony Melville Miller was born January 7, 1958 on a farm in Coffey County, Kansas. At seven, his father died leaving a widow and three children of whom Anthony was the eldest. By working on farms and doing odd jobs he managed to earn enough to get through country school and two years of high school. The family moved to Iowa and lived in the Des Moines area where he attended East Des Moines High School. He then taught country school and saved enough for a start at Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State University). In 1878, he worked at a local railroad station helping the station agent and studying telegraphy. He continued his college education, worked in the Horitculture Department, and during the long vactions from school he taught country school. His interest was largely in science, particularly horticulture, the Philomathean Literary Society, debating, and the college band.

After graduating from Ames in 1883, Mr. Miller went back to teaching and in 1885 was principal of the Bryant School, then a part of East High in Des Moines. In 1886 he became principal of Forest House School which later became North Des Moines High School.

In 1885 he married Mamie Elizabeth Chandler and bought a lot on East Thirteenth Street, Des Moines. About 1886 or 1887 he began to study law in the office of Judge C.C. Cole and in 1889 he was admitted to the bar. About 1894, along with practicing law, he published a weekly newspaper, the Polk County Advocate. The practiced law in Des Moines from 1889 to 1933 when he retired.


3.99 Linear Feet (9 document boxes, 1 half document box)

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RS 21/7/41 Anthony Melville Miller Papers, 1871-1943, undated
Leo Thompson, student assistant
May 26, 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
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