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Charles Miner

Born: Feb 1, 1780

Death: Oct 26, 1865

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Charles Miner

Date of Birth : Feb 1, 1780
Date of Death : Oct 26, 1865
Birth Place : United States of America

Charles Miner was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Charles Miner was born in Norwich, Connecticut son of Seth Miner and Anna Charleton. He attended the public schools of Norwich and moved with his brother Asher Miner in 1797 to his father’s lands in the Wyoming Valley, and to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1802. He became the publisher of the Luzerne County Federalist. Miner was elected as a Federalist to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and served in 1807 and 1808. He moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1816. He was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1828. He was editor and publisher of the Village Record from 1829 to 1832. He returned to Wilkes-Barre in 1834 and became involved in the mining of the large fields of anthracite coal in the Wyoming Valley. He died in Wilkes-Barre in 1865. Interment in Hollenback Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre. Miner's essay "Who'll turn Grindstone?" published in The Centinel 1810 coined the phrase "an axe to grind" as a metaphor for having ulterior personal motives.

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