Homer V. M. Miller

Homer Virgil Milton Miller
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
February 24, 1871  March 3, 1871
Preceded by Robert Toombs
Succeeded by Thomas M. Norwood
Personal details
Born (1814-04-29)April 29, 1814
Pendleton, South Carolina
Died May 31, 1896(1896-05-31) (aged 82)
Atlanta, Georgia
Political party Democratic
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Battles/wars American Civil War

Homer Virgil Milton Miller (April 29, 1814  May 31, 1896) was a United States Senator from Georgia.

Born in Pendleton, South Carolina, he moved with his parents to Rabun County, Georgia in 1820. He attended the common schools and graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1835. He continued medical studies in Paris and commenced practice in Cassville, Georgia, in 1838. Miller was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for election to the Twenty-ninth United States Congress in 1844.

He was a slave owner. In 1840, he owned 10 slaves.[1] In 1850, he owned 3 slaves.[2] In 1860 he owned 20 slaves.[3]

During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Army as a surgeon and as a medical director, surgeon of posts, and inspector of hospitals in Georgia. He resumed the practice of medicine in Rome, Georgia, and was a member of the State Reconstruction convention in 1867. He was a member of the faculty of the Atlanta Medical College,[4] and upon the readmission of Georgia to Congressional representation, he was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate on July 28, 1868, qualified on February 24, 1871, and served until March 3, 1871. Subsequently, he was trustee of the University of Georgia in Athens, and died in Atlanta in May 1896. Interment was in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Georgia.


  1. 1840 United States Census, United States Census, 1840; District 828, Cass County, Georgia;. Retrieved on 6 March 2016.
  2. "1850 United States Census, Slave Schedules", United States Census, 1850; Subdivision 30, Floyd, Georgia;. Retrieved on 6 March 2016.
  3. 1860 United States Census, United States Census, 1860; Rome, Floyd, Georgia; page 29 County, 478 Collected,. Retrieved on 6 March 2016.
  4. Spalding, Phinizy (1987). The History of the Medical College of Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press. pp. 50–51. ISBN 9780820340401. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
United States Senate
Preceded by
Robert Toombs(1)
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Georgia
February 24, 1871 March 3, 1871
Served alongside: Joshua Hill
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Norwood
Notes and references
1. Because of Georgia's secession, the Senate seat was vacant for ten years before Miller succeeded Toombs.
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