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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Douglas K. Miller

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[This information is from Vol. IV, p. 99 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Douglas K. Miller, a popular young citizen of Schenectady, whose time has been divided between activity in the field of journalism and in public office, is now capably filling the position of city clerk. He was born in Johnstown, Fulton county, New York, on the 16th of March, 1890, his parents being Charles and Christiana (Clark) Miller, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Fulton county, this state. Charles Miller removed to the Empire state in young manhood and engaged in business as a retail leather merchant. Subsequently he became a member of the Mocha Dressing Company, which operated a tannery at Johnstown, New York, and with its successful conduct he was actively identified until 1914, when he turned his attention to general agricultural pursuits, which claimed his time throughout the remainder of his life. He passed away in November, 1921, when sixty-five years of age, and is still survived by his widow, who makes her home in Schenectady with her son, Douglas.

In the acquirement of an education Douglas K. Miller attended the grade and high schools of Johnstown and Gloversville, and after putting aside his textbooks engaged in newspaper work on the Johnstown Republican until he became connected with the Knickerbocker Press, in Schenectady [Albany?], continuing with the latter paper for eight years. He also engaged in newspaper work at Danbury, Connecticut, and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Appointed city clerk in January, 1918, he served in that capacity until 1922, after which he was connected with the Union-Star of Schenectady until again appointed city clerk on the 2d of January, 1924. The utmost efficiency characterizes the discharge of his duties and he is widely recognized as a competent public official. It is interesting to note that he has issued nearly five thousand marriage licenses.

Mr. Miller gives his political support to the republican party and is a member of the Kiwanis Club. Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order, belonging to Christopher Yates Lodge No. 971, F. & A. M., while his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church.

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