Methodist theologian John Miley was born on 25 December 1813 in Butler County, Ohio. Following his graduation from Augusta College with his BA in 1834 and MA in 1837, Miley entered the Methodist ministry through the Ohio Conference in 1838. He served as minister in several Ohio churches for several years until transferring to the east coast, serving churches in New York and Connecticut from 1852 to 1873. In 1873 he went to Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey as professor of systematic theology in 1873. A successful teacher and leader, Miley was noted as one of the “Great Five” professors who led Drew and American Methodism for several decades. He held his position at Drew until his death on 13 December 1895 in Madison, New Jersey.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.