Thomas W. Miller papers1914-1917
Thomas Woodnutt Miller (1886-1973) served as Delaware's Congressman in the 64th Congress (1915-1917) and spent the majority of his career in Republican Party politics, serving primarily in non-elected roles. The Thomas W. Miller papers are exclusively focused on his term in the 64th Congress. They include copies of bills introduced by Miller and reports from the Committee on Claims and the Committee of Accounts, on which he served. The papers also reflect the political influence of the DuPont Company at the time.
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Thomas Woodnutt Miller (1886-1973) served as Delaware's Congressman in the 64th Congress (1915-1917). He was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 26, 1886. He graduated from Yale University in 1908 and spent the first years of his working life as a steel roller at Bethlehem Steel and in mining operations in Nevada. In 1910, he became a secretary to Congressman William H. Heald (1864-1939) of Delaware and studied law, beginning a career in Republican Party politics. He was secretary of state of Delaware in 1913-1915 and was Delaware's Congressman in the 64th Congress (1915-1917). Failing at reelection, he joined the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel and receiving the Purple Heart for action in France. After the war, he was a founder and official of the American Legion and was appointed by President Warren Harding (1865-1923) to several commissions. Around 1934 he moved to Nevada, where he founded the state park system there. He died in Reno on May 5, 1973.
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The Thomas W. Miller papers are exclusively focused on his term in the 64th Congress. They include copies of bills introduced by Miller and reports from the Committee on Claims and the Committee of Accounts, on which he served. They also include exchanges with constituents and state and national Republican Party officials, along with documents relating to Miller's interest in the threat posed by the war in Europe, the German submarine menace, and the United States' naval preparedness. The papers reflect some of the war anxieties in the Wilmington business community.
The papers also reflect the political influence of the DuPont Company. Among the pre-war controversies involving the company were charges that it had provided technical secrets on explosives manufacture to its German counterparts and its offer to build a nitrogen-fixing plant for the government while opposing the bill to establish such a plant under government ownership at Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The papers also include a pamphlet on fraud in the 1916 election for Republican state delegates and literature reflecting the continuing Progressive-Machine split in the national Republican Party at the time.
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