Born in 1857, Benjamin Kurtz Miller was the son of a Milwaukee lawyer and grandson of one of the first federal judges in Wisconsin. He joined his father’s firm in 1877 and later became a partner, retiring in 1906 to pursue personal interests. The firm continues today through its successor, the major U.S. law firm Foley & Lardner.
Miller had a fascination with collecting. As a young lawyer, he assembled libraries of fine books. He traveled often to faraway places, visiting almost every country in the world. An avid big-game hunter, Miller also went on hunting trips to Africa, India, Alaska, and the American West, building a collection of trophy game heads.
Miller transferred his stamp collection to The New York Public Library in 1925. He became a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society the next year, placing him in the top rank of philatelists worldwide. Benjamin Miller died in Milwaukee in 1928.