Biography of Joseph B. Miller
Erie County, NY Biographies


Miller, Joseph B., Hamburg, editor and publisher of the Erie County Independent at Hamburg, was born at Peruville, Tompkins county, N. Y., November 20, 1833, and is the son of John Miller, who removed to Rushford, Allegany county, in 1838. Mr. Miller spent his minority on the farm. He received an academic education at Rushford and for one year taught school near Cincinnati, Ohio, where he cast his first vote. Returning to this State be taught ten terms of school, mostly in the larger villages, including Allegany and Salamanca, N. Y., and later became a successful country merchant at Humphrey Center, Cattaraugus county, where he now owns about 750 acres of farm and timber lands, near which oil in paying quantites has recently been discovered. While there he served as supervisor two terms, was elected a justice of the peace when twenty-two, and held other local offices. From a farmer and merchant Mr. Miller became identified with the Cattaraugus Republican, and by push and energy materially developed its business interests. He was successively connected with the Buffalo Express, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and the Buffalo Commercial, and in April, 1882, purchased the Erie County Independent at Hamburg. of which he has since been the editor and publisher. The Independent then had a precarious existence, but with zeal and energy Mr. Miller has constantly developed it into one of the best and newsiest weeklies in Western New York. He has placed it upon a paying basis, and his motto: "Speak well of all people, evil of none, and the greatest amount of news in the least space," makes it a welcome visitor in 3,000 homes, which its subscription list embraces. Mr. Miller is an enterprising, public spirited citizen, deeply interested in the welfare of the entire community, and ably advocates the best principles of general advancement.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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