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Thomas Miller, Judge of the County of Halton, is the son of an early settler in this county. Thomas Miller, senior, who came hither from the County Down, Ireland, in 1827. Thomas was born in the Township of Nelson, September 15, 1830. His mother’s maiden name was Margaret McWha, who was also from Ireland. The father of our subject who was an extensive agriculturist in Ireland, and farmed in this country, died in 1867; his mother in 1837.

He was educated in the Grammar Schools of Palermo, in this county, and Queen’s College, Kingston, being graduated in 1853; studied law in Toronto with Judge Morrison and Hon. Adam Crooks; practiced one year in Hamilton; was called to the Bar at Easter term, 1857, and was appointed County Crown Attorney, and Clerk of the Peace for Waterloo, and removed to Berlin. He there held the offices just mentioned until appointed Judge of the County of Halton, in December, 1867, when he settled in Milton, the county town. While a resident of Berlin he was for eleven years Chairman of the Grammar School Board of Trustees, and did all that any man could do to build up the schools of that town.

Judge Miller is one of those cool, impartial, painstaking, and conscientious jurists, who aim to render exact justice in all cases. His knowledge of law is thorough; he is clear headed; charges a jury with great plainness, and his decisions are rarely appealed from, and have never been reversed. By consent of Attorneys, cases are often referred to him for decision without trial.

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