All About the Counties We Serve – Miller County

We are continuing our blog series about the counties we serve. O’Donnell Law Center is honored to be able to serve Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, & Moniteau counties. This group of counties make up the 26th Judicial Circuit in Missouri. This week’s blog is going to dive into the history and other information about Miller County, Missouri. Take a look below to learn more.


Miller County

Miller County, named after Missouri’s Fourth Governor John Miller, was organized in 1837.  John Miller was born in what is now West Virginia 1781.  He started off as a newspaper man.  During the war of 1812, he joined the Army and rose to the rank of full Colonel and was involved in some of the bigger battles.  After the war he resided in Franklin, Missouri.  In 1825, there was a special election for governor. There was a total of 4,933 votes cast (in 2015 Miller county had a population of 25,113!).  Miller won with 2,380 votes beating out his 3 opponents, Judge David Todd, William Carr and Rufus Eastonin. Miller was a driving force in getting the state capital moved from St. Charles to Jefferson City.  He believed the Capital should be in the center of the state. He also helped reduce our state's debt during his time in office.  He was a lifelong bachelor and when he retired he moved in with his nephew in Florissant, Missouri.  He died in 1846 at the age of 64 and is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

Stay tuned for more editions in our blog series that will feature the remainder of the 26th Judicial Circuit! We look forward to sharing additional information about the history of the counties we serve.

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” – Edmund Bruke



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