Emily Huntington Miller

Name: Emily Huntington Miller (Clark)
Birth Date: October 22, 1833
Birth Place: Brooklyn Connecticut, USA
Death Date: November 01, 1913
Death Location: Northfield Minnesota, USA
Burial Place: likely in MN


Emily Huntington Miller (1833-1913) was a multifaceted woman, known as a writer, educator, temperance worker, and editor of and writer for “The Little Corporal” magazine. “The Little Corporal” was originally created to raised funds for the North Western Sanitary Fairs in 1865 that supported the Union cause in the Civil War, but became a permanent fixture after the war’s end. She was widely involved in both local and national affairs, being the superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School, the secretary of the committee that organized the national WCTU in 1874, a Dean of Women at Northwestern University (1891-1898), a prominent Chautauquan, a DAR member, and an honorary member of the Woman’s Club of Evanston and Phi Beta Kappa.


Famous poet and writer. “Her life embodied the emergence during the mid-nineteenth century of an independent, well-educated, and public woman whose work and vision of the world where driven by strong evangelical beliefs about an individual’s moral obligation to society. That obligation, for Miller, meant extending the Christian home beyond the family and into the public sphere. All the paths she pursued sprang from this calling to expand that realm” (from WBC).

Father: Thomas Huntington
Mother: Paulina Clark
Children: Four: Harry Huntington, Frederick Clark, George Alfred, Emily Louisa (died in infancy)
Education: Oberlin College: BA, 1854-1857 Northwestern confered Doctor of Literature degree (honorary), 1909
Years in Evanston: 1868-1878, 1889-1902

Sources: Women Building Chicago Evanston History Centre Subject Files. Evanston Women Pre 1950.: Newspaper Clippings: Untitled and Undated Document. "Something for the Girls: Evanston Women in the Women Movement, 1954 [sic]-1920" Evanston History Centre Subject Files. Evanston Women Pre 1950: Newspaper Clippings. Multiple poems in 'The Evanston Poets' compiled by William C. Levere (1903) - archive bookshelf Willard, Francis E. "Woman and Temperance: or, The Work and Workers of the Women's Christian Temperance Union." Hartford, CT: Park Publishing Company, 1883. Chapter 14. EHC Bio: Miller, E-I City Directories