William H. H. Miller

William Miller
39th United States Attorney General
In office
March 7, 1889 – March 4, 1893
PresidentBenjamin Harrison
Preceded byAugustus Garland
Succeeded byRichard Olney
Personal details
William Henry Harrison Miller

(1840-09-06)September 6, 1840
Augusta, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 25, 1917(1917-05-25) (aged 76)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationHamilton College, New York (BA)

William Henry Harrison Miller (September 6, 1840 – May 25, 1917) was an American lawyer and Attorney General of the United States.


Born in Augusta, New York, William Miller graduated from Hamilton College in 1861. While at Hamilton, he joined The Delta Upsilon fraternity. He read law in the office of Chief Justice Morrison Waite, and was admitted to the bar at Peru, Indiana in 1865. Miller practiced in that city for a short time, and also held the office of county school examiner. He served as President of the Indianapolis Bar Association from 1884 to 1885.[1] For many years, and particularly during the campaign of 1888, he was a confidential advisor to General Benjamin Harrison. In 1889, President Harrison appointed Miller Attorney General. He served in that capacity for the duration of Harrison's term, until 1893. Miller died in 1917 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in that city.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Our History". Indianapolis Bar Association. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  2. ^ United States Department of Justice, William Henry Harrison Miller
  3. ^ "William H. H. Miller Dies". The Salt Lake Tribune. Indianapolis. May 26, 1917. p. 13. Retrieved December 28, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

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1896 Pach Brothers studio photograph of United States President Benjamin Harrison.
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Signature of William Henry Harrison Miller from The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume XVIII, 1922, pages 190–191
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Seal of the United States Department of Justice.

The origins of the seal are unknown; it was first used in the 19th century as the seal for the Office of the Attorney General (prior to the formation of the Department of Justice) but the exact date is unknown. Even the translation of the Latin motto is murky, a matter of debate between Latin scholars. The Department's currently accepted translation is who prosecutes on behalf of Lady Justice, referring to the Attorney General. The motto is an allusion to the wording of the writ in a qui tam action: qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso sequitur ("he who sues on behalf of our lord the King as well as for himself." The current-day seal dates from 1934, when some (though not all) of the heraldic mistakes on the original were corrected. More information here.