Joseph Irwin Miller (May 26, 1909 – August 19, 2004) was an American industrialist, patron of modern architecture, and lay leader in the Christian ecumenical movement and civil rights. He was instrumental in the rise of the Cummins Corporation and giving his hometown of Columbus, Indiana international stature with its buildings.
Miller was born in Columbus, Indiana to Hugh Thomas Miller, a college professor and politician, and Nettie Irwin Sweeney. He had one sister, Elizabeth Clementine Miller (1905–1996).
Miller was a 1931 graduate of Yale University and made Phi Beta Kappa. From 1931 to 1933 he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Balliol College, Oxford, which made him an Honorary Fellow in 1974.
On February 5, 1943, he married Xenia Simons. They had three daughters, Margaret, Catherine, Elizabeth, and two sons Hugh and William. He had ten grandchildren, Jonathan, Zachary, Joshua, Benjamin, Aaron, Andrew, AnnaCatherine, Katherine, Laura, and Emily.
The Miller House which was designed by Eero Saarinen, was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2000. In 2010, after the death of Mrs. Miller, the house was donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The family's Canadian summer home on Lake Rosseau in Windermere, Ontario was also designed by Saarinen...
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