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BIOGRAPHY OF JESSE S. MILLER

This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  

Email:  greasoner@prodigy.net

Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume III, page 138:

HON. JESSE S. MILLER, one of the prominent members of the Alliance bar for over twenty years, is also known outside that city for his able work as a legislator, having served two terms in the Legislature as a representative of Stark County. Mr. Miller was born at North Benton in Mahoning County, Ohio, January 23, 1865, son of Jacob F. and Isabella T. (Sproat) Miller. He was reared in a country district, acquired his first educational advantages there, and from 1885 to 1890 was a student in Mount Union College at Alliance, and attended Wooster University at Wooster, Ohio, from 1893 to 1895, where he graduated with the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees. Mr. Miller was admitted to the Ohio bar March 17, 1899, and to the United States Circuit Court for the Northern District of Ohio on February 28, 1901. He has been engaged in individual practice as an attorney at Alliance since May 31, 1900. Mr. Miller represented Stark County in the Legislature in the Eighty-second and Eighty-third General Assemblies. He is author of the Miller Utility law passed in 1919, a measure forbidding discontinuance of service by any public utility without the consent and approval of the State Utilities Commission. He is also author of the bill creating municipal courts in Alliance and Massillon. This measure has permitted an important economy of judicial arrangements, since it consolidates all the courts of small cities with the adjoining townships into a single jurisdiction, with extensive powers. The courts established under the act primarily proved so satisfactory that a similar system has been adopted by Akron, Newark, Portsmouth, Zanesville, Canton, Warren and East Liverpool, Ohio. Mr. Miller at one time was a private in Company H, of the Eighth Regiment in the Ohio National Guard, he is a Knight Templar Mason at Alliance, a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics, and was founder of the Wooster chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He served as city solicitor of Alliance from 1902 to 1906. In politics he is a republican. He belongs to the Alliance, the Stark County, and Ohio State Bar Associations. Mr. Miller married Miss Olive G. Ruff, of Shreve, Ohio, August 8, 1895. Their four children are Jessie M., Harold M., Ruth A., and Eugene C.