American Philhellenes Society to Honor the Memory of Lucas Miltiades Miller
Written by Harriette Condes-Zervakis - The Greek Star - Wednesday, 27 March 2013
On Saturday, April 20, at 2 pm the American Philhellenes Society will host the dedication of a new obelisk at the gravesite of U.S. Congressman Lucas Miltiades Miller (1824-1902), the first U.S. Congressman of Greek descent, at Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Officials from the State of Wisconsin will be present and a reception will follow at the Gruenhagen Conference Center.
Additional sponsors include the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Theodore and Erika Spyropoulos Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Lucas Miltiades Miller served as a U.S. congressman in the 52nd Congress (1891-1893). Previously, he had been a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, a commissioner of the Wisconsin Board of Public Works, Chairman of the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors, and a Colonel of the Militia in the Mexican-American War. Lucas Miltiades Miller studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began his own practice in Oshkosh.
Born in Livadia, Greece, Lucas Miltiades Miller was orphaned at age four during the Greek struggle for independence, and adopted by Colonel Jonathan Peckham Miller of Vermont. Col. J.P. Miller was an ardent philhellene who served gallantly in the Greek military forces and was one of the few survivors of the siege at Missolonghi.
The American Philhellenes Society sponsors annual events that highlight the strong ties between the United States and Greece, ties that are based on a long history of common values and mutual friendship dating back to the support of the American public for the Greek Revolution. Some of these very successful events have been held in Washington, D.C., in Indianapolis, in St. Louis, Missouri, and last year on May 11, 2012 at Northeastern Illinois University when over 300 people attended a talk by Photini Tomai-Constantopoulou on the involvement of American philhellenes in the Greek War for Independence.
The new obelisk to be dedicated will feature both an American and a Greek flag and will include the added inscription: WITH THIS MEMORIAL THE HELLENES OF THE UNITED STATE EXPRESS THEIR ETERNAL LOVE AND RESPECT FOR THE HISTORY OF OUR TWO COUNTRIES.
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