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MILLER, Stephen Decatur, senator, born in Waxhaw settlement, Lancaster district, South Carolina, in May, 1787; died in Raymond, Mississippi, 8 March, 1838. He was graduated at the College of South Carolina in 1808, admitted to the bar in Columbia in 1811, and elected to congress in 1816 as an anti-Calhoun Democrat, serving in 1817-'19, and declining a reelection. He was state senator in 1822-'8, and in 1828-'30 governor of South Carolina. While occupying the former office, he was chairman of the judiciary committee, and Originated important changes, especially in the criminal law of the state. As governor he threw all his influence on the side of nullification. He was a member of the state convention in 1830, again in 1832, and in 1830-'3 was in the United States senate, but resigned at the latter date on account of the failure of his health. He removed to Mississippi in 1835, settled on a plantation, and engaged in cotton-planting till his death.
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