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Joaquin Miller Poet of the Sierras

Cincinnatus Heine (or Hiner) Miller, known as Joaquin Miller, was a poet who was born in Indiana.

He went West and did many things: mining-camp cook (who came down with scurvy from only eating what he cooked), lawyer and a judge, newspaper writer, Pony Express rider, and horse thief. On July 10,1859, Miller was caught stealing a horse gelding valued at $80, a saddle worth $15, and other items.[6] He was jailed briefly in Shasta County for the crime, and various accounts give other incidents of his repeating this crime in California and Oregon.

Later, he became a poet, looking to Bret Harte for advice. He published several books.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, J.E. Purdy, Boston
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Joaquin Miller Poet of the Sierras

Cincinnatus Heine "Joaquin" Miller

Mini-biography
Born: Sep 8, 1837
Died: unknown
Also in this photo: Cincinnatus Heine "Joaquin" Miller at 69 years old