Biography of Nelson A. Miller
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Miller, Nelson A., president and proprietor of the Elmira School of Commerce, was born at Hamilton, Canada, in November, 1858. His parents came to Tioga, Pa., when he was young. They were natives of New York, but six years ago returned to Canada. Mr. Miller was educated in the Normal Schools and in the Eastman College, and graduated in January, 1880. He was instructor nearly a year at the latter college. Thence he moved to Mansfield, Pa., and assisted in organizing the Allen Business College. They moved here in 1882 and in the fall of 1884 he went to Lock Haven, where he taught Christie's School of Business six months. He then moved to Scranton, Pa., and opened Wood's Scranton Business College for Mr. Wood, of Williamsport. He bought the Commercial College of Elmira of Mr. Allen and changed its name to the School of Commerce. In 1886, at the time of its purchase, the students numbered about sixty or seventy. The present yearly average attendance is 400, with a staff of nine professors. He established the Hornellsville Business College in 1888, which school has a yearly attendance of about 150, with three professors. Mr. Miller was reared on a farw. He is a member of the official board of Hedding M. E. Church, director of the CoOperative Savings and Loan Association of Elmira, is W. M. of Ivy Lodge F. and A. M., and is a K. T. He married, in Elmira, in 1882, a daughter of Col. J. T. Davidson, and they have two children.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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