Ray T. Miller
Miller in 1938
|43rd Mayor of Cleveland|
|Daniel E. Morgan|
|Harry L. Davis|
Raymond Thomas Miller
January 10, 1893
Defiance, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||July 13, 1966 (aged 73)|
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Ruth Hamilton (m. 1926)
|Children||Roseanne, Ray, Ruth, Richard, Robert, Riley|
|Alma mater||Notre Dame University (LLB)|
Raymond Thomas Miller, Sr. (January 10, 1893 – July 13, 1966), known locally as Ray T. Miller, was an American politician who served as the 43rd mayor of Cleveland, and the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party for over twenty years.
Miller was born in Defiance, Ohio. He attended University of Notre Dame and received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1914. He joined the Ohio National Guard and served in France during World War I. After the war, Miller began practicing law in Cleveland. In 1928, he was elected county prosecutor and had a hand in defeating the city manager plan. He defeated Daniel E. Morgan for mayor in 1931, becoming the first Democrat to serve as the city's mayor since Newton D. Baker. In his tenure, Miller reduced expenditures to cope with the misery brought by the Great Depression. He was defeated by returning Cleveland politician and former mayor, Harry L. Davis, when he attempted to run for reelection in 1933.
In 1938, Miller became chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. As chairman, he succeeded in attracting ethnic European and African American voters which allowed the Democrats to elect mayors for thirty years and obtain a Democratic majority in Cleveland City Council. Miller resigned as chairman in 1964.
Miller founded and owned radio stations WERE (1300 AM) and WERE-FM (98.5) in Cleveland; through his Cleveland Broadcasting Incorporated name, Miller later purchased WLEC and WLEC-FM in Sandusky, Ohio; and KFAC (1330 AM) and KFAC (92.3 FM) in Los Angeles, California.