|William Edward Miller|
|Former U.S. Representative from New York's 40th Congressional District|
From: January 1, 1953 – January 1, 1965
|Predecessor||Kenneth B. Keating|
|Successor||Henry P. Smith, III|
|Former U.S. Representative from New York's 42nd Congressional District|
From: January 1, 1951 – January 1, 1953
|Predecessor||William L. Pfeiffer|
|Successor||John R. Pillion|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Service Years|| 1942–1946|
|Rank|| First Lieutenant|
|Unit||Judge Advocate General's Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
William Edward “Bill” Miller (March 22, 1914 – June 24, 1983) was a Republican from New York who served as the state's U.S. representative from the 42nd and then 40th district for seven House terms during the 1950s and 60s. He is mostly known for having been Barry Goldwater's running mate in the 1964 presidential election.
U.S. House of Representatives
Miller was pro-civil rights, voting in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960. He supported the initial passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 though only voted "Present" for the final House passage. Miller also voted in favor of the 24th Amendment to outlaw the poll tax in all federal elections.
Miller was an adamant conservative within the Republican Party. He was described by The New York Times in 1960 as a "fighter for his party".
1964 U.S. presidential election
Miller was selected in 1964 to be Barry Goldwater's running mate in the presidential race against the Lyndon Johnson/Hubert Humphrey ticket. According to The New York Times in mid-July that year:
|Much more important to Mr. Goldwater's cause is the fact that Mr. Miller is an indefatigable party worker, who can command the loyalty of thousands of other party workers throughout the country. He is a real professional, a tireless and effective campaigner, a vigorous and successful fund‐raiser, a rousing speaker, a fiercely loyal partisan, an infighter who will not hesitate to strike at the enemy unmercifully, with all his force and with gloves off.|
The Goldwater/Miller ticket ultimately lost by a landslide, only carrying Arizona and several Deep South states.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Goldwater‐Miller Ticket. The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ Ruse, Austin (September 27, 2012). The Catholic Legacy of William E. Miller — For His Family and For Ours. Crisis Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 McGill, Douglas C. (June 25, 1983). EX-REP. WILLIAM MILLER, 69, DIES; GOLDWATER'S 1964 RUNNING MATE. The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ Barry Goldwater. Find a Grave. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ HR 8601. PASSAGE.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ H.R. 7152. PASSAGE.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ H.R. 7152. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964. ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION (H. RES. 789) PROVIDING FOR HOUSE APPROVAL OF THE BILL AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ S.J. RES. 29. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO BAN THE USE OF POLL TAX AS A REQUIREMENT FOR VOTING IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS. GovTrack.us. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ↑ Fighter for His Party; William Edward Miller. The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2021.