Dr. ANDREW E. MILLER. "A prince of well-doers in this frail tabernacle of mortality" is Doctor Andrew E. Miller, who is actively engaged in the practice of medicine at Metropolis, Illinois. Still some distance short in years of the meridian of existence, Dr. Miller has already attained to the zenith of professional and personal regard amid his fellowmen, and is enjoying a measure of esteem that is greatly to be desired but rarely attained.
Dr. Miller was born in Metropolis, July 30, 1871. His intellectual training was begun in the city schools, and continued in the Southern Illinois Normal, where be graduated from the classical course in 1889. His first employment was as clerk in the post office of his native town, in which capacity he served under Norman J. Slack, at that time the postmaster. Going into a drug store as assistant, he conceived an ambition to employ the forces derived from Nature which lay before him on the shelves by his own knowledge instead of at the direction of others, and consecrated his future life as a disciple of Esculapius. He entered the medical department of the Cincinnati University, where he finished the course with honors and graduated in May, 1900. Opening an office in Metropolis, among the people of his childhood, he speedily became one of the favored men of his profession. his skill as a diagnostician is equaled by his practical application of remedies and his skill as a surgeon. He is a member of the local medical society, and also of the Illinois State and the American Medical Associations.
Dr. Miller's father was Henry Miller, a native of Hanover, Germany, who was born in 1836, and who died at Metropolis in 1909, universally respected and esteemed. He came to the United States in 1856, stopped among the Germans in Cincinnati for many years, and pushed on to Illinois just before the outbreak of the Civil War. The greater portion of his long and well-ordered existence was passed in the vigorous life of a farmer. His success led him in later life to enter the banking business as one of the stockholders of the First National Bank of Metropolis. Henry Miller married Minnie E. Thain, daughter of William Thain, who was also of sturdy Teutonic descent. The children rere: Dr. Miller, the subject of this sketch; William, whose location is unknown; George, who died in Metropolis leaving a family; Henry; Benjamin, who died unmarried at Metropolis; and Simon, a resident of LaMesa, New Mexico.
Dr. Miller is highly regarded in fraternal circles, being a Mason of the chivalric rank of Knights Templars, a Knight of Pythias and a Red Man. His life is full and well-rounded with one exception. He has never fallen a victim to Cupid's arrows. This, to the notion of his legion of friends, is the only rift within the lute and they wish in all sincerity that it may be the way of providence that in due time he may come to be the presiding spirit of a happy home, and arrive at the full meaning of good citizenship in all that the term implies.