MILES, William Porcher

MILES, William Porcher
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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MILES, William Porcher, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., July 4, 1822; attended Wellington School in Charleston and was graduated from Charleston College in 1842; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Charleston; mayor of Charleston 1855-1857; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, until his retirement in December 1860; member of the Confederate Provisional Congress in Montgomery, Ala., in February 1861; Member of the Confederate Congress from February 1862 to March 1864; colonel on the staff of General Beauregard; president of the University of South Carolina at Columbia 1880-1882; died in Burnside, La., on May 11, 1899; interment in Union Cemetery, Union, Monroe County, W.Va.

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1861. 1 letter.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: Copy of 1 letter (December 15, 1860) and proceedings of Committee of Military Affairs of Confederate House of Representatives (February 26, 1862-March 16, 1865). Finding aid in repository.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1760-1927. 5,563 items. Personal and family papers, business records, and papers relating to politics, current affairs, and civic and social events. Unpublished description in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Daniel, Ruth McCaskill. "William Porcher Miles: Champion of Southern Interests." M.A. thesis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1943.

Miles, William Porcher. The annual address delivered before the Cliosophic Society, March 29, 1847. Charleston: T.W. Haynes, 1847.

------. How to Educate Our Young Lawyers. Address to the law class of the University of Maryland. Columbia, S.C.: The Presbyterian Publishing House, 1882.

------. Oration delivered before the Fourth of July Association. By Wm. Porcher Miles on the Fourth of July 1849. Charleston: James S. Burges, 1849.

Smith, Clarence McKittrick, Jr. "William Porcher Miles, Progressive Mayor of Charleston, 1855-1857." Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association 12 (1942): 30-39.

Walther, Eric. H. "Abstractions: William Porcher Miles." In The Fire-Eaters, pp. 270-96. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1992.

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