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Rutger Bleecker Miller

July 28, 1805
November 12, 1877
Home Town:
Lowville, NY
Later Residences:
Utica, NY
Mary Jane Seymour Miller (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Rutger Miller was the son of Morris Smith Miller. He attended the Litchfield Law school in 1824 and met his wife Mary Jane Seymour, a graduate of the Litchfield Female Academy.

The couple moved to Utica, NY where Miller established a legal practice in 1829. He quickly entered politics in the 1830s serving as a New York State Senator and then as a U.S. Congressman from New York.

He engaged in the erection of buildings and in railroad construction, and subsequently in the management of his farm in Boonville in Oneida County, NY. Miller died in Utica and his remains were interred in Forest Hill Cemetery there.

Additional Notes:
Rutger's father began building a large home in Utica, NY which Rutger completed and lived in throughout his lifetime. The house is now owned by the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica, and is currently under restoration.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College from 1822 to 1823 and transferred to Hamilton Collegein 1824.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
Clerk of the U.S. District Court 1833-1834
U.S. Representative (NY) 1836-1837
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1833-1834
Local Posts:
Town Representative (Utica, NY) 1829-1831
Alderman (Utica, NY) 1831-1832

Related Objects and Documents
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848.

Miller, Rutger Bleecker, Student Notebook, 1825-1826, Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University.
Secondary Sources:
Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774 - 1927. United States Government Printing Office, 1928.

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