"he had ruled over a wild Western territory"
Territory of Arkansas (1889)
Public DomainTerritory of Arkansas (1889) - Credit: Arbuckle Bros.

In the six years between leaving the army and taking up the position of collector at the Salem custom house, James Miller served as governor of the newly-formed Arkansas Territory. Created from part of the Missouri Territory, the land was still rugged frontier and a subsistence economy prevailed. The territory expanded as lands were acquired from the Cherokee, Choctaw and Quapaw, and these boundaries were formalized when Arkansas officially became a state in 1836.

Find out what life was like in the Arkansas Territory when Miller was governor from Thomas Nuttall's Journal.