Pueblo County, Colorado
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
On the roster of public officials in Colorado appears the name of Raymond
Miller, of Denver, who is the president of the state board of land commissioners
and whose record has been characterized by marked devotion to duty and
intelligent and capable fulfillment of all of the tasks entrusted to his care.
He comes to the west from Kentucky, his birth having occurred in Millersburg,
that state, on the 20th of December, 1862. He is descended from English
ancestry, the family having been founded in America in an early day.
Representatives of the name became pioneer residents of Kentucky and there James
M. Miller, father of Raymond Miller, was born and reared. He became a successful
farmer and stockman, spending his entire life in Bourbon county, Kentucky, where
the family home had been established in the eighteenth century and where his
brother, Dr. W. M. Miller, a prominent physician, still resides. During the
Civil war an elder brother. J. A. Miller, served with the Confederate army under
John A. Morgan as a private. He joined the troops when fifteen years of age and
continued at the front until the close of hostilities. James M. Miller was quite
active and successful in the conduct of his farming interests, lived a quiet,
unassuming life and was a devout and loyal member of the Methodist church. He
never desired or sought political honors or emoluments and passed away in
Kentucky in 1878 at the age of fifty-seven years, thus terminating a quiet but
altogether useful career. He had married Rachel Andrew Jackson Hitt, who was
born in Kentucky and belonged to one of its oldest and most prominent pioneer
families of English descent. Mrs. Miller passed away in 1905 on the old
homestead when seventy-nine years of age. In the family were six sons and two
Raymond Miller, who was the seventh in order of birth, was educated in the
district schools in Millersburg and in the Kentucky Wesleyan College, from which
he was graduated with the class of 1882. His early experiences were those of the
farm-bred boy who divides his time between the duties of the schoolroom, the
pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields. He remained at home
until 1882 and after his graduation removed to Atlanta, Georgia, where he
secure'd employment with the wholesale dry goods house of M. C. & J. F. Kaiser.
He then entered upon clerical lines and remained in Atlanta until 1886, when he
determined to try his fortune in the west. For a year he resided in Scott
county, Kansas, and then removed to eastern Colorado taking up his abode in what
was then Bent county but is now Kiowa county. He was a pioneer settler, taking
up his abode there prior to the building of railroads or the organization of the
new county. With the formation of Kiowa county he was elected the first county
treasurer and occupied that position for two terms, or four years. He next
served as register of the United States land office at Pueblo, occupying that
position for a period of four years, and upon his return to Kiowa county he
engaged in the live stock business, in which he still retains his holdings. He
is one of the owners of one of the largest sheep and horse ranches in the state
and his interests along that line have been most carefully and wisely directed.
On the 18th of January, 1917, Mr. Miller was appointed to his present office,
that of president of the state board of land commissioners, by Governor J. C.
Gunter for a term of six years, and this position he has since successfully
filled. Aside from his other business and official duties he is a director of
the Colorado State Bank of Haswell, Colorado.
In politics Mr. Miller has always been a stanch democrat and for sixteen
years has been a member of the democratic state central committee, doing
valuable and important work in that connection. In 1916 he was made chairman of
the state central committee and still acts in that capacity. He does everything
in his power to promote the legitimate growth and success of his party,
believing most firmly in its principles, and his efforts in this connection have
been far-reaching and resultant. He cooperates in everything that has to do with
civic advancement and civic virtue and his name as an endorsement upon any plan
or measure secures to it a large following. He was made a Mason in Pueblo,
Colorado, in 1895 and now has membership in Eads Lodge, No. 142, A. F. & A. M.
He is a faithful follower of the craft, loyal to its teachings and its purposes.
He has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to the west, for
here he has found the business opportunities which he sought and in their
utilization has made steady progress toward the goal of prosperity. At the same
time his sterling personal worth and ability have gained recognition at the
hands of his fellow townsmen, who have called him to office, benefiting by the
value of his service and his marked devotion to the public good.
History Of Colorado
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
to the Pueblo County Index Page.
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