Ward Miller

Ward MacLaughlin Miller (November 29, 1902 – March 11, 1984) was an American politician of the Republican party.

Miller was born in Portsmouth, Ohio in 1902. He earned his high school diploma from Portsmouth High School. In 1923, he earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). In 1931, he was awarded a master of arts degree by Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.).

On November 8, 1960, Miller was chosen in a special election to complete the term of Democratic U.S. Representative James G. Polk, who had died in office on April 28, 1959 (thus creating one of the longest vacancies in the U.S. Congress in modern times). However, the 86th Congress had already adjourned, and did not return for a post-election lame-duck session. Since Miller had not run for election to a full term in the 87th Congress, his membership in the House of Representatives ended on January 3, 1961, and he never was sworn in.

He died in Portsmouth in 1984.

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