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Benjamin H. Miller, U.S. Indian Inspector transcribed letters,1889-1890.


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Benjamin Hallowell Miller was born in 1840, the son of Robert Hartshorne Miller and Anna Janney Miller, members of Alexandria Monthly Meeting, Virginia. He married Sarah B. Thomas in 1862 and transferred his membership to Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, Maryland, in 1863. In 1865, he purchased a farm, "Mt Airy," in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was an active Quaker and supporter of temperance and civic causes. For about four years beginning in 1889 he served as an Inspector of Indian Agencies in South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and elsewhere. He died in 1928 in Sandy Spring, Md.

The collection consists of typed transcripts of letters published in a local newspaper. They describe the places and people visited during Benjamin H. Miller's tenure as Indian Agent in South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and elsewhere. The nineteen clippings, 1889-1890, were transcribed by William T. Thom, 3rd, a great-grandson. Also includes a typed manuscript introduction that describes Miller's farm, Mt Airy, Montgomery County, Maryland, and a typed index to the letters, 1974-1975.

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