|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 061 Shirley Miller|
|Creator||Miller, Shirley Carver, 1936-|
|Dates||2008 December 16|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Shirley Carver Miller is the wife of former Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller. Her platform as first lady was adult literacy, and she campaigned to increase the number of people passing General Education Development tests. Miller discusses her husband's political campaigns, her work as first lady, and her time in Washington D.C. while Zell was a senator.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 061, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Shirley Carver Miller was born in Rail Cove, North Carolina, in 1936. She attended Young Harris College, and met Zell Miller at a dance. They married, and moved to the Marine base in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They had two children, Murphy and Matthew. Eventually, they returned to Young Harris, where Zell taught at Young Harris College. Miller worked for the County Board of Education, and then at the Bank of Hiawassee. The Millers moved to Atlanta, where Shirley Miller worked for the Nations bank. She continued to work in various city banks, including Buckhead, Decatur, and Cheshire Bridge. When Zell Miller became lieutenant governor, she left banking and opened several retail clothing stores. After Zell Miller was elected governor of Georgia, Shirley Miller became an active first lady. She took adult literacy as a platform, and campaigned to increase the number of people passing General Education Development tests. The Millers moved to Washington, D.C., after Zell was appointed to the U.S. Senate, and upon his retirement from politics, they returned to Young Harris, Ga.
Shirley Miller discusses her childhood in Rail Cove, North Carolina, and how she met Zell Miller. She recalls her father's work in law enforcement and farming.
Miller talks about being the wife of a Marine and discusses moving back to Young Harris and working in a bank while Zell was mayor. She discusses her husband's time in the state House of Representatives, including his work under Governors Sanders, Maddox, and Carter. Miller also discusses her work at various Atlanta banks. She describes the family's activities campaigning for Zell's position as Lieutenant Governor and the subsequent campaign for Governor.
Miller speaks extensively of her time as first lady of Georgia. She recalls moving into the Governor's mansion and her activities as first lady of Georgia. Miller discusses her goal to promote adult literacy in the state through the Certified Literate Community Program. She explains the importance of the HOPE scholarship to her husband's administration. Miller also discusses other causes that she worked for, including the Buddy Check II Program for breast cancer awareness, mental health, business, conservation, and the arts. Miller recalls being first lady when the Olympic Games were hosted by Atlanta in 1996. She mentions planning for meetings, support from Coca-Cola, and security during the Olympics.
Miller discusses her husband's appointment to Senate after Senator Coverdell's death, her husband's friendship with George Bush, and the social life of a senator and his wife in Washington, D.C. Miller comments on her husband's decision not to seek reelection, his speech at the Republican National Convention, and his work as an author.