(1769–1850), American Presbyterian minister and professor. Miller was a leading proponent in the United States of a cautious and conservative appropriation of the Enlightenment. A native of Delaware, he was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and studied theology with Charles Nisbet, the first president of Dickinson College. Ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1793, Miller served several churches in New York City. He quickly became a major figure in his denomination, was elected moderator of its governing body in 1806, and played an important role in the creation of Princeton Theological Seminary in 1812. He was appointed as the second professor at the seminary in 1813 and taught ecclesiastical history and church government there until ill health forced his retirement in 1849.
From Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).