Joaqnin Miller, an American poet, whose real name is Cincinnatus Heine Miller, born in Indiana. Nov. 10, 1841. When he was about 11 years old his father emigrated to Lane county, Oregon, whence the boy went three years later to try his fortune in California. he wrote verses even then, although he knew nothing of the laws of versification nor of the rules of grammar. After a wandering life of several years, he returned home in 1860, and entered a lawyer's office in Eugene, Oregon, the next year he was an express messenger in the gold-mining districts of Idaho, which he left to take charge of the "Democratic Register,' a weekly newspaper in Eugene. This was suppressed for its political sentiments during the war, and in 1863 ho opened a law office in Canon City, Oregon. From 1866 to 1870 he served as county judge of Grant county, and during this time began to write his poems. He published first a collection in paper covers called " Specimens," and next a volume with the title "Joaquin et al.," from which he derived his pseudonyme.
In 1870 his wife, whom he had married in 1863, obtained a divorce, and he went to London, where he published in the following year his "Songs of the Sierras." In 1872 appeared "Songs of the Sun Lands," and in 1873 a prose volume entitled " Life among the Modocs: Unwritten History." - His wife, Minnie Theresa (Dyer) Miller, has also published verses, under the pseudonyme of "Minnie Myrtle".