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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CHARLES NICHOLAS MILLER, who is intimately connected with a number of the most important industries of Bangor, and is also well and favorably known throughout Northampton County, was born in Baltimore, Md., December 2, 1857, and in the city of his birth received a good education, thereby becoming fitted for the active discharge of his duties as a business man and loyal citizen. Upon leaving school he secured a position as clerk in a grocery store, where he remained for two years. However, he was not satisfied to continue in that place, and, saving his earnings, was soon enabled to engage in business for himself. His first venture was in the feed and flour business, which he conducted for two years.

Mr. Miller dates his connection with railroading from the year 1879, when he secured a position as time-keeper on the Bangor & Portland Railroad, remaining in that capacity for one year. He was then promoted, becoming General Agent of the road at Bangor. Subsequently he was again promoted, and in the year 1886 became General Freight and Passenger Agent of the railroad at this point, in which position he has since been engaged. Meantime he has become interested in other important enterprises that have proved remunerative to himself and of the highest value to his fellow-citizens. At the present time he is Treasurer of the Slate Belt Electric Railroad from East Bangor to Wind Gap, a distance of ten miles. He is also Secretary of the United States Slate Company of Bangor, and Vice-President of the Merchants’ Bank. For some time he has been a stockholder in the American Bangor, Bangor Union and Albion Quarries, the first two located near Bangor, the Albion being in Pen Argyl.

As a Republican, Mr. Miller takes a warm interest in political affairs, and, while not an aspirant for political honors, may nevertheless always be relied upon to discharge his duties as an intelligent, liberal and progressive citizen. As School Director he has been instrumental in promoting the standard of scholarship and enhancing the value of the public schools. He is officiating as President of the Republican Club of Bangor, an organization which is especially active during local and national campaigns. All movements for public improvements receive his co-operation and assistance. He is a regular attendant at the services of the Lutheran Church and a liberal contributor to its support. Socially he is a member of the Royal Arcanum, belonging to Slate Council No. 726.

On the 17th of December, 1885, occurred the marriage of Charles N. Miller and Anna C., daughter of Daniel Brown, of Nazareth, Pa. Three children bless the home, namely: Lucy B., who was born October 5, 1886; Daniel J., January 27, 1888; and Carl N., October 31, 1893.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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