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MILLER, William, Canadian statesman, born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 12 February, 1835. He was educated at St. Andrew's grammar-school, Antigonish academy, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1860. He was a representative in the Nova Scotia assembly from 1863 till 186'7, and while in the house supported the union project. Though in favor of confederation, he was opposed to the financial conditions and other details of the Quebec scheme of union, and it was upon his suggestion and with his assistance that the compromise was effected whereby the delegation to London was appointed in 1866. He was nominated a delegate to the London colonial conference of 1866-'7, but declined. Mr. Miller was called to the senate in 1867 and was speaker of that body from 17 October, 1883, until the dissolution of parliament in 1887. He was offered a seat on the bench by Premier Alexander Mackenzie, but declined it, as he did a similar offer that was afterward made by Sir John A. Macdonald.
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