Henry B. Miller was born April 11, 1854 in Sidney, Oregon. After graduating from Toledo High School in 1873, he joined his father's firm of bridge builders and contractors. Beginning in 1879, Miller supervised a Josephine County lumber company, a post he maintained even after being elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1891. In 1896, he left the Rogue River Valley for Corvallis, Oregon where he assumed the position of President of the State Agricultural College of Oregon following the resignation of John M. Bloss. Miller held the position of President for only eleven months before resigning. He went on to head the state board of horticulture, serve as consul-general in China, Japan, and Ireland, and act as Director of extension and publishing programs for the University of Oregon's School of Commerce. Miller retired in 1917 as a result of ill health and died in Portland in 1921.
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