William Starr Miller II
William Starr Miller II (October 26, 1856 – September 14, 1935) was a prominent New York industrialist and real estate operator.
William Starr Miller II
|Died||September 14, 1935 (aged 78)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Green-Wood Cemetery|
|Residence||1048 Fifth Avenue|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Columbia Law School
Edith Caroline Warren
(m. 1886; his death 1935)
|Children||Edith Starr Miller|
|Parent(s)||George Norton Miller|
Sarah Caroline Tucker Chace
|Relatives||William S. Miller (uncle)|
Baron Queenborough (son-in-law)
Miller was born in New York City on October 26, 1856. He was a son of George Norton Miller I (1805–1891) and Sarah Caroline Tucker (nee Chace) (1832–1872), who were married on October 9, 1855 in Boston, Massachusetts. William was named in honor of his father's brother of the same name, William Starr Miller I (1793–1854), who served as a Representative from New York in the 29th United States Congress and died about before William II was born. His siblings were George Norton Miller Jr. (1857–1935) and Horatio Ray Miller (1861–1905).
William Starr Miller II attended Harvard University from 1874 to 1878, graduating with an A.B. degree in 1878. He then attended Columbia Law School, where he graduated in 1880 with an LL.B. degree.
Miller commissioned his brother-in-law, Whitney Warren, a partner in Warren and Wetmore, to design them a French Norman-style "cottage" in Newport, Rhode Island named High Tide, with interiors by noted designer Ogden Codman. They turned to architects Carrère and Hastings, however, for their New York City residence at 1048 Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan. This house became the Neue Galerie in 2001.
On April 28, 1886, Miller married Edith Caroline Warren (1866–1944). She was a daughter of George Henry Warren (1823–1892) and Mary Caroline Phoenix (1832–1901). Her father was one of the founders of the New York Metropolitan Opera and her brother was the architect Whitney Warren. Together, they were the parents of:
- Edith Starr Miller (1887-1933), an author who married Almeric Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough (1861–1949) in 1921 after the death of his first wife, fellow American Pauline Payne Whitney. Edith co-wrote Occult Theocrasy, a famous conspiracy classic dealing with the Order of the Illuminati and other secret societies with Paquita de Shishmareff (1882-1970).
Through his daughter Edith, he was the grandfather of Audrey Elizabeth Paget (1922–1990), an aviator, Enid Louise Paget (b. 1923), and Cicilie Carol Paget (1928–2013).
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- (July 27, 1805 - March 10, 1891)
- (July 2, 1832 - July 19, 1872) - She was a daughter of Caleb Chase (Chace), Jr. (September 3, 1799 - February 7, 1865) and Sarah Ann Morgan (July 1, 1806 - January 25, 1844). Caleb Chase, Jr. and his wife Sarah are both buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
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- "Lady Queenborough Dies in Paris at 45. Former Edith Stair Miller of New York Was Wed to British Baron in 1921". New York Times. January 17, 1933. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
- "LORD QUEENBOROUGH WEDS MISS MILLER; British Peer Quietly Marries Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Starr Miller IN FIFTH AVENUE HOME Thirty Relatives at Second Marriage of Son-in-Law of Late W.C. Whitney--Sail Soon for England. Bride's Father Gives Her Away. Lord Queenborough's Second Marriage. Widely Known Sportsman. Gallagher--Sleicher". The New York Times. 20 July 1921. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
- "QUEENBOROUGH, 88, A BARON, ONCE M. P.; Former Cowpuncher Who Came to U. S. With £5 in Youth and Made a Fortune Dies". The New York Times. 23 September 1949. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
- Lady Queensborough; de Shishmareff, Paquita (1931). Occult Theocrasy. Chatou, France: British American Press.
- Parfrey, Adam; Thomas, Kenn (2008). Secret and Suppressed II: Banned Ideas and Hidden History Into the 21st Century. Feral House. p. 277. ISBN 9781932595352. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
- Section 20, Lot 6125.
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