Senator Charles Peter Miller View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 12/19/1993
Birth Place: Harbor Beach, MI
Birth Country: USA
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 64 (1971) - 72 (1987)
House: 60 (1963)
61 (1965)
62 (1967) - 63 (1969)
Home County: Des Moines
Charles Peter Miller
Des Moines County


Charles P. Miller was born April 29, 1918, in Harbor Beach, Michigan, and passed away December 19, 1993, at the age of 75 in Burlington, Iowa. He was the son of William and Anna Miller. He married Virginia M. Ferrington in 1946. They were parents to six children; Evelyn Swearington of Burlington, and sons Charles Miller of Hamilton, Missouri, David Miller of Burlington, Steven Miller of Bettendorf, Dennis Miller of San Ramon, California and Scott Miller of Burlington. He had three brothers, two sisters, seventeen grandchildren, one great­grandchild and two step-grandchildren. Virginia found only one way to describe her husband. “He was marvelous,” she said.

Dr. Miller graduated from high school in 1937 at Port Huron, Michigan, attended Burlington Jr. College in 1947 and 1948, Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport during the years of 1948 through 1952, and practiced as a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1952. Dr. Miller served in the US Navy from 1940 to 1946 and the Naval Reserves during the years of 1947 through 1951.

Dr. Miller was inducted into the Port Huron Michigan Hall of Fame in 1982 (the team enshrined was the 1935 St. Stephen High Football Team). He also received the Silver-Beaver Scouting Award in 1948. Dr. Miller was House Speaker Pro Tempore in 1965 and 1966, President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 1983 and 1984, a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, on the Executive Board of Southeast Iowa Council of Boy Scouts, served in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, served four terms in the House of Representatives and five terms in the Senate.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Charles P. Miller, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this Resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.