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MILLER, Homer Martin Virgil, senator, born in Pendleton county, South Carolina, 29 April, 1814. He removed with his parents to Raburh county, Georgia, where he received a classical education, was graduated at the Medical college of South Carolina in 1835, and completed his professional studies in Paris in 1838. On his return he settled in Cussville, Georgia, became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was licensed to preach without joining the itinerancy. He also participated in the presidential canvass of 1840 and in that of 1844, in which his eloquence won for him the title of the Demosthenes of the mountains. He was professor in the Medical college of Memphis, Tennessee, in 1846-'8, and occupied a similar office in the Medical college of Augusta, Georgia, in 1849-'65. During the civil war, he was surgeon and division surgeon in the Confederate army, and subsequently medical inspector of the military department of Georgia. After the war, he was an active member of the Constitutional convention under the reconstruction acts of congress. In 1870 he was elected to the United States senate as a Democrat, to fill the seat that had been vacant since the civil war, and served till 1871. Since 1869 he has been professor of the principles and practice of medicine in Atlanta medical college. He is an editor of the "Atlanta Medical and Surgical Journal," and for thirty years has been a trustee of the University of Georgia.
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