Niagara County

1897 Biography - Galen Miller

Miller, Galen, was born in the town of Lewiston, Niagara county, a son of VVilliam and Alanthe (Rose) Miller, and is well known throughout this part of the State as an agriculturist and lawyer. He has also been prominent both at home and abroad in public affairs. He was justice of the peace four years and supervisor of the town five years. He took a prominent part in national affairs during 1896, being a delegate to the Populist National Convention at St. Louis, where he did more than any other man to unite the Populists with the Democrats and prevent them putting a Populist ticket in the field. He is one of the original silver men, having predicted the silver issue of 1896 in 1876. Mr. Miller is an independent reasoner, remarkably original in his ideas and arguments and is also a capable speaker. He was, when a young man, a Democratic delegate to the State Convention to make additions to the judiciary when Martin Grover, Allen and Rapello were elected. He has also been delegate to Congressional conventions. His articles to newspapers have always played an important part in public affairs, always opposed to the issuing of public bonds for public improvements, believing it to be a better policy than to issue bonds to use the constitutional powers of the government and issue full legal tender money to make all public improvements; always maintaining that the value of money did not depend on the intrinsic value of its material, but on its volume and the legal power given it by law to discharge a debt and to be receivable for all public dues. Money having that power given it by law would swap into any and all other property, not on account of the material of which it is made. He is in favor of good roads, but opposed to issuing bonds to pay for them. During the war he was an active patriot, and to secure men for the army he himself paid bounties.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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