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John Franklin Miller (Washington politician)

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John Franklin Miller c. 1920

John Franklin Miller (June 9, 1862 – May 28, 1936), an American politician, served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1917 to 1931. He represented the First Congressional District of Washington as a Republican. He also served as the Mayor of Seattle from 1908 through 1910.

Miller ran for election to the seat being vacated by fellow Republican William Humphrey (who was running for United States Senate) in 1916, winning that election and the elections of 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926, and 1928. He was defeated for the Republican nomination in 1930 by Ralph Horr, who then won the general election. John Franklin Miller was named after his uncle, also John Franklin Miller, a senator from California. Both sometimes went by John F. Miller.

Miller supported racist policies in Congress, claiming to his fellow House members that "No greater tragedy can befall an American girl than to become the wife of a Japanese," and "There is not a scientist, an alienist, a scholar of the world who does not believe in the preservation of racial purity."[1]


  1. ^ 65Cong.Rec.5884 1924
  • United States Congress. "John Franklin Miller (id: M000739)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Seattle
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by