Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library
Administrations of the Mayors of New Orleans
Captain James F. Miller
In 1862, James F. Miller was acting Secretary of State under George F. Shepley, Military Governor of Louisiana. He was appointed Mayor of New Orleans in place of Colonel Deming, who had retired.

Captain Miller, a lawyer by profession, was on the staff of the Governor of the State of Maine at the time of his transfer to the army.

Acting Mayor Captain Miller approved an ordinance establishing a City Library and providing for its support, “The Public School Libraries of the First, Second, Third, and Fourth districts to be consolidated and kept at the City Hall and shall be called the Public Library of the City of New Orleans; said library to be kept open for consultation to all persons, citizens and strangers, free of charge, from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M., and from 4 P. M. to 6 P.M. daily, Sundays and holidays excepted. The city appropriated $5,000 to the support of the library.”

On April 6, 1864, Captain J. F. Miller, accompanied by Brig. General George F. Shepley, departed for the North via St. Louis, on board the “Olive Branch,” with orders to report to Major General Butler, for promotion.

Members of the Miller Administration
January 30, 1863-February 2, 1864

Name Office Notes
Place, L. H. Board of Aldermen President, no other Aldermen names given
Tracy, E. L. Board of Assistant Aldermen President, no other Aldermen names given
Sternberg, G. M., Dr. Board of Health
Heald, J. H. Bureau of Finances
Durell, E. H. Bureau of Finances Chairman
Riddell, J. L Bureau of Streets and Landings
Howell, S. Comptroller
Murphy, T. H. Secretary
Irwin, S. B. Secretary
Thompson, T. S. Secretary
Gibbons, D. L. Secretary
Bell, Wm. H. Street Commissioner
Walton, John S. Treasurer

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