HON. C. G. O. MILLER, mayor of Celina and formerly probate judge of Mercer County, whose portrait accompanies
this sketch, has been a prominent citizen for many years and closely identified with many of the most important
interests of this' section. He was born March 19, 1847, in Saxony, Germany, and accompanied his parents to America
Mr. Miller was but five years old when the family located at Somerset, Ohio, and eighty years old when settlement
was made at New Lisbon. The family remained there for three years and then removed to Upper Sandusky. In 1859 Mr:
Miller became a resident of Celina, where he attended school until he was 17 years old and then enlisted in the
Union Army, becoming a member of Company D, 193rd Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., under Capt. Alexander Gable. Mr. Miller
served through 1864-65 and was honorably discharged at Camp Chase, Ohio.
After the close of his army service, Mr. Miller returned to Celina and to the school room and subsequently taught
school. In 1870 he entered the mercantile establishment of August Fanger in the capacity of clerk, and remained
there for five years and then again taught school. In 1876 he was elected justice of the peace for Jefferson township
and served efficiently, having commenced the study of the law in the previous. year. In 1877 he was admitted to
the bar and his promotion was rapid, in 1884 being elected prosecuting attorney of Mercer County. His administration
was such as to bring him into great prominence and his preelection followed in 1887.
Mr. Miller has been a life long Democrat and in 1893 he was chosen by his party as a member of the election board,
on which he served two terms. In the meantime he managed a large practice. In 1896 he was elected city solicitor
of Celina and in November of the following year he was elected probate judge of Mercer County. He entered upon
the duties of his office as mayor of Celina, on January I, 1906. It will thus be seen that his name has been linked
with military, judicial and civic services in his adopted country, and he stands, today, as one of the representative
men of Northwestern Ohio.
In 1880 Mr. Miller was married to Edna D. Bradley, of St. Marys, Ohio, daughter of Dr. Joseph Bradley, a prominent
physician there. Socially he is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Celina Lodge, No. 199; he is also a member of Celina
Lodge, No. 399, Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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