william e. miller
A fifty-year veteran of the sport, William E. Miller drove his first race in 1907 at the old Brightwood Track near Washington, D.C. In the following years he raced on the Grand Circuit, at county fair meets and at pari-mutuel tracks in Maryland and Delaware. In 1949, at age seventy, Miller was named the country's leading driver in the annual ratings of the Universal Driver's Rating System, the first amateur to hold that title. Miller was president of Rosecroft Raceway and carried on a breeding operation at his Rosecroft Stock Farm in Maryland, which housed such champions as Henry Volo, Pioneer Hanover, Mary Ellen and Hillsota. It was under William E. Miller's leadership that Rosecroft Raceway grew to a position of prominence. Miller was driving Josedale Alate at the Harrington, Delaware track in 1954, when he suffered a heart attack and died.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals