BORN in Augusta, Oneida County, New York, on September 6, 1840, William Miller attended country schools and Whitestown Seminary, and graduated from Hamilton College in 1861. He studied law in the office of Chief Justice Waite, and was admitted to the bar at Peru, Indiana, in 1865. Miller practiced in that city for a short time, and also held the office of county school examiner. For many years, and particularly during the campaign of 1888, he was a confidential advisor to General Harrison. On March 5, 1889, President Harrison appointed Miller Attorney General of the United States. He served in that capacity until March 6, 1893. He returned to private life until his death on May 25, 1917, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Steele was a native of Owen County, Indiana,, and was nicknamed the "Dean of Indiana" by members of the art world. He studied art at the Royal Academy in Munich, Germany. A versatile artist, equally at home with landscapes or portraits, he won honorable mention at the Paris Exposition in 1900. His portrait of Attorney General Miller was painted in 1893.