- Gary L. Collison
Miller, William (15 February 1782–20 December 1849), lay Baptist preacher and father of the Adventist movement, was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the son of William Miller, farmer and revolutionary war soldier, and Paulina Phelps. The family soon moved to upstate New York opposite Rutland, Vermont, where young Miller grew up steeped in the unsophisticated Bible-centered culture of his Baptist minister grandfather and uncle. As a youth he evinced a great desire for learning. In 1803 he married Lucy Smith, with whom he would have ten children, and soon afterward settled across the New York border on a farm near Poultney, Vermont, later entering public life as a constable and then sheriff. After friends introduced him to the writings of Voltaire, ...