Samuel Fisher Miller (1822 – 1870)

“SAMUEL FISHER MILLER, [South Brookfield], son of Rev. Moses and Bethiah (Ware) Miller, was born in Heath, Oct. 5, 1822; fitted for college with his father.  Devoted himself to civil engineering, and served his apprenticeship upon the Hoosac Tunnel and Troy & Boston R.R.; removed to the West, and was engaged as engineer in the survey and construction of various roads in Mich., Wis., and Ill.; Professor of Mathematics, Chicago High School, ’67-’68; Professor of Mathematics and Civil Engineering, Mass. Agricultural Coll., Amherst ’68-’70.  Established under a State appointment, in different parts of Mass., the true north and south line, as the basis of all surveys.

Died from a cancerous affection of the bowels, at Amherst, Oct. 28, 1870.  Married, (1) June 18, 1851, Charlotte, dau. of William Howe, of Brookfield, who died Nov. 25, 1863; (2) Aug. 27, 1867, Alma F., dau. of Dr. Joseph Emerson, of Amherst.  Six children.”

Source:  Biographical Record of the Alumni of Amherst College During Its First Half, 1821-1871,by W.L. Montague, Edward Payson Crowell and Walter Stanley Biscoe, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1883 , pages 226-7


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