George E. Miller, a prominent resident of Pembroke and a member of the firm of Simpson, Miller & Co., general merchants, was born in Deerfield, N.H., October 30, 1850, son of Ebenezer and Mehitable L. (Dow) Miller. The grandfather, Samuel Miller, spent his early life in Chichester, N.H., engaged in agricultural pursuits; and his last years were passed in Brentwood, N.H. The maiden name of his wife was Annie Yeaton; and he had a family of six children, of whom Ebenezer, George E. Miller’s father, was the second-born.
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Ebenezer Miller grew to manhood as a farmer. When a young man he settled upon a farm in Deerfield, where the rest of his life was spent in tilling the soil. He was known and respected as a kind-hearted neighbor and a useful citizen. In his later years he acted with the Republican party, and in religious belief he was a Free Will Baptist. His wife, Mehitable, who was a native of Deerfield, became the mother of four children, of whom Sarah J. and George E. are living. Ebenezer Miller died at the age of sixty-one years. His wife died in 1896, at the age of seventy-four years.
George E. Miller acquired his education in his native town. After leaving school he resided in Laconia, N.H., for a short time. Then he came to Pembroke, and entered the grocery and provision business as a clerk for Emery Brothers. At a later date he acquired 1886 he entered into partnership with H. T. Simpson, forming the firm name of Simpson, Miller & Co., which has since conducted a thriving business in Suncook.
On November 30, 1878, Mr. Miller wedded Nellie L. Simpson, daughter of Henry T. Simpson, his business associate. They have had two sons, namely: Walter, who died at the age of nine months; and Henry, who lived three years and six months. In politics Mr. Miller is a Republican. Although he is deeply interested in local affairs, he has never sought for public office, and has frequently declined nominations thereto. In the campaign of 1896 he accepted nomination as a candidate for Representative to the legislature, and was elected for the years 1897 and 1898. An able and successful business man, he is esteemed by his fellow-townsmen. A Mason of the thirty-second degree, he is a member of Jewell Lodge, No. 94; of Hiram Chapter, No. 24; of Mount Horeb Commandery, Knights Templar; of the Consistory at Nashua; and the Mystic Shrine at Boston. He is also affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Both he and Mrs. Miller attend the Methodist Episcopal church.