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About Benjamin Miller

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.

Bronze Japanese dragon sculpture

Miller left many objects from his travels to the Milwaukee Public Museum, including this bronze Japanese dragon, dated 1892. On loan from the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Photograph of Benjamin K. Miller

Benjamin Miller reviews a document in his Milwaukee law office in about 1890. Miller’s father and his brother George were also partners in the firm.