William Miller, the eighteenth governor of North Carolina, was born in Warren County, North Carolina in 1770. His early education was attained in the common schools of his native state. He later attended the University of North Carolina for a short time. Miller established a successful legal career, serving as the attorney general of North Carolina in 1810. Miller first entered politics as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons, a position he held from 1810 to 1814. He also served as speaker of the house from 1812 to 1814. Miller next won election to the governorship on November 29, 1814. He went on to win reelection in 1815 and 1816. During his tenure, a comprehensive plan for the state’s educational system was initiated; and Miller was the first governor to reside in the governor’s mansion. Four years after leaving the governorship, he won election to the North Carolina Senate, an office he held until 1822. In 1825, he secured an appointment to serve as charge d’ affaires to Guatemala. However, shortly after arriving in Guatemala, Miller became ill and passed away.
Note: Actual month and day of birth and death are not known.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.