Horace Carter Miller Sr.

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Portrait photograph of Horace Carter Miller Sr., taken by Rufus W. Holsinger in 1915. Reproduced from the University of Virginia.

Horace Carter Miller Sr. was a Black citizen of Albemarle County whose portrait photograph forms a part of the Holsinger Studio Collection.


Miller was born on December 28, 1891 in Albemarle County. He lived in Burnley (being assigned Box 83) and attended elementary school up until the completion of second grade, at which point he dropped out for unknown reasons. On August 23, 1915, Miller had his portrait photograph taken by Rufus W. Holsinger, with this picture subsequently forming a part of the Holsinger Studio Collection.[1]

Miller registered for the World War I draft on June 5, 1917. During this time, he was laboring as a coal worker for a steel company. According to the Daily Progress, he was called up for military service in late October of that year. In a roster of sailors, soldiers, and marines during World War I, Miller was listed as a member of the US Army, being stationed in Ohio.

Soon after the conclusion of the war, Miller married Julia C. Miller and began working his own farm in the vicinity of Rivanna (community). By the 1940's, Miller and Julia had had eight children named Horace C. Miller Jr, Margaret B. Miller, William R. Miller, Julia E. Miller, Harold P. Miller, Edith C. Miller, Ruth E. Miller, and Mary A. Miller.

Miller died in Albemarle County on June 25, 1982 at the age of 90 from acute cardiac arrest due to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. He was buried at the Mount Zion First African Baptist Church Cemetery.


  1. Web. Horace Miller, University of Virginia