Miller, William, 1782-1849

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William Miller (1782-1849) is the American farmer and Baptist preacher who proclaimed the imminent return of Christ in the 1830's and 1840's and founded the religious movement known as the Millerite Movement. Born in Pittsfield, MA, Miller grew up in Low Hampton, NY and was mostly self-educated. In 1803, he married Lucy P. Smith. He served as a lieutenant and captain during the war of 1812. Returning to Low Hampton, he served as Deputy Sheriff and Justice of the Peace in addition to farming during the early 1800's. After a religious conversion in 1816, he began serious Bible study and his study of Bible prophecies led him to conclude that the Second Coming of Christ was at hand. He began preaching this subject publicly in 1831 and was eagerly sought as a lecturer throughout New England. After the Great Disappointment of 1844, he continued to believe in the immediate coming of Christ.

From the description of Justice record for William Miller, 1831 May 16 to / [William Miller]. 1831-1835. (Saint James Parish Library). WorldCat record id: 33823099

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creatorOf Miller, William, 1782-1849. Papers, 1812-1849. Aurora University, Phillips Library
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library
referencedIn Nichol, Francis D. (Francis David), 1897-1966. Papers, 1800-1967. Andrews University, James White Library Information Gateway
referencedIn Rowe, David L. Thunder and trumpets : the Millerite movement and apocalyptic thought in upstate New York, 1800-1845, 1974. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Miller, William, 1782-1849. Correspondence. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Himes, Joshua V. (Joshua Vaughan), 1805-1895. Papers, 1839-1867, bulk: 1839-1848. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Miller, William, 1782-1849. Wm Miller's accounts as sheriff, 1809-1811. Aurora University, Phillips Library
referencedIn Perry, Stanley H. (Stanley Hazard), 1892-1965. Papers. Aurora University, Phillips Library
referencedIn Himes, Joshua V. (Joshua Vaughan), 1805-1895. Second Advent library. Volume 3. Loma Linda University, Del E. Webb Memorial Library
referencedIn Parker, Jenny Marsh, 1836-1913. Letter of Jane Marsh Parker, Rochester, N.Y., to D. Appleton & Co. [manuscript] 1888 June 25. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Clay, Henry, 1777-1852. Speeches on God and slavery collection, 1820-1856. Herbert Hoover Library
creatorOf Miller, William, 1782-1849. Papers. Andrews University, James White Library Information Gateway
referencedIn The Midnight Cry video production collection, 1992-1995. Andrews University, James White Library Information Gateway
creatorOf Miller, William, 1782-1849. Papers and correspondence, 1812-1849. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Miller, William, 1782-1849. Correspondence. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Miller, William, 1782-1849. Justice record for William Miller, 1831 May 16 to / [William Miller]. Loma Linda University, Del E. Webb Memorial Library
referencedIn Parker, Samuel Stillman, 1821-1841. [Journal 1839 April 22 - 1840 January 28 / by Samuel Stillman Parker]. Loma Linda University, Del E. Webb Memorial Library
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associatedWith Himes, Joshua V. (Joshua Vaughan), 1805-1895. person
associatedWith Miller family. family
associatedWith Miller, William S., 1805-1877. person
associatedWith Nichol, Francis D. (Francis David), 1897-1966 person
associatedWith Parker, Jenny Marsh, 1836-1913. person
associatedWith Parker, Samuel Stillman, 1821-1841. person
associatedWith Perry, Stanley H. (Stanley Hazard), 1892-1965. person
associatedWith Rowe, David L. person
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Birth 1782-02-15

Death 1849

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