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Miller, Bennie S.

(born: Aug. 22, 1917  -  died: Nov. 24, 1994) 

Bennie S. Miller was the first African American elected to the Caldwell County (KY) Council, in 1977. He served as principal of Dotson High School in Princeton, KY, and after the schools were integrated, he was in the Guidance Department at Caldwell High School. Miller was also a member of Braden Masonic Lodge #6 and a World War II veteran.

Miller was also the inventor of the T. V. Project-O-Scope in 1974, patent no. 3,820,885. The device allowed for an enlarged projection of a television screen onto a stationary surface such as the wall. A picture of the device and the operation explanation are on p. 1841 of the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, v. 923, no. 5, June 28, 1974 (online at Google Books).  

Bennie S. Miller was the son of Hugh and Mazie White Miller. He was the husband of Marion L. Moore Miller.

For more see "Mayor, 45 councilmen are black city officials," in 1978 Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials, Fifth Report , by the Commission on Human Rights, pp. 22-23; and "Bennie S. Miller," The Evansville Courier, Metro section, p. A10.

Kentucky County & Region

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