Biography - Marcus H. Miller

MARCUS H. MILLER, a member of the County Board of Supervisors, representing Moweaqua Township, Shelby County, conducting a profitable business as a harness manufacturer in the city of Moweaqua. He is a native of Northampton County, Pa., and was born amid its pleasant scenery August 29, 1856. His father, William Miller, was also a Pennsylvanian, his birth-place in Bucks County. He was reared and married in his native state. Marietta Boyer, also of Pennsylvania, becoming his wife. He was a harness-maker, and carried on his trade at Weaversville for some years. In 1862 he came to Illinois, and buying a farm near Blue Mound, Macon County, gave his attention to farming. He resided there seven years, and then removed to Christian County, where he bought land, and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1887. In that year he came to Moweaqua, and has ever since made his home here. He and his wife have reared six children.

Our subject was a lad of twelve years when he came to this State with his father and mother. He had previously attended school in Pennsylvania, and after coming to Illinois he became a student in the public schools of Macon County. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, and followed farming until 1881, when be established himself in the harness business at Taylorville. He carried it on there until 1885, when he came to Moweaqua, and has since been engaged in the manufacture and sale of harness in this city. He has gained a solid reputation for making a superior and durable harness of the best modern styles, and he has worked up a large trade.

Not only has Mr. Miller secured an assured place in the business circles of Moweaqua during the few years in which he has been a resident of the city as the head of an important industry, but he has gained entrance into public life in prominent civic positions. He was a member of the City Council in 1889, and in 1890 was elected Supervisor to represent Moweaqua on the County Board of Supervisors, and still retains that office, showing in his careful performance of the duties connected with it that he is a lit man to be entrusted with important civic affairs. Politically, the Democratic party has no truer or more faithful supporter than he.

Our subject was married to Miss Anna Marshall in March, 1881, and they have established a home wherein comfort and coziness abound and hospitality reigns. Two children, Jessie and Willie complete their pleasant household. Mrs. Miller is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and interests herself earnestly in all good works for the benefit of the community.

Extracted 10 Apr 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 515-516.

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