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Alexandria in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Willoughby Dayton Miller
 
Willoughby Dayton Miller Marker, Side One Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2006
1. Willoughby Dayton Miller Marker, Side One
 
Inscription. 1853–1907. Born in Alexandria in 1853, Willoughby Dayton Miller received his primary education in a nearby one-room schoolhouse. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1875 and then studied in Edinburgh, Scotland. Later, he traveled to Berlin, Germany where he met an expatriate American dentist, Dr. Frank Abbot, who encouraged him to study dentistry. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1879, Miller returned to Berlin and joined Abbot’s practice. Two years later, he gained a research appointment at the University of Berlin where he embarked on a career that brought the science of bacteriology into dentistry. In 1889, he published his research findings of the study of oral bacteria and the process of dental caries (tooth decay) entitled The Micro-Organisms of the Human Mouth. For his work,
 
Willoughby Dayton Miller Marker, Side Two Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2006
2. Willoughby Dayton Miller Marker, Side Two
 
Miller is credited as the first to accurately describe the process of tooth decay.

Willoughby Dayton Miller never forgot his Ohio roots. He visited his homestead often and in 1892, purchased the family farm in Alexandria, entrusting it to his nephew, O.A. Brooks. Recognized throughout the world for his research, he was offered and accepted the deanship of the University of Michigan College Dentistry in 1907. His family moved from Berlin to the United States and Miller spent the summer in Alexandria preparing for his deanship and playing golf on his farm. In late July, he suffered a fatal appendicitis. His death was a shock to the dental profession. He is buried in Alexandria at the Maple Grove Cemetery. In 1915, a memorial statue was placed at The Ohio State University, located today in the courtyard of the College of Dentistry. A second memorial was erected at the University of
 
Dr. W. D. Miller Photo, Click for full size
October 21, 2006
3. Dr. W. D. Miller
Closeup of portrait embedded in marker.
 
Michigan in 1940.
 
Erected 2006 by the Columbus Dental Society, W.D. Miller Dental Society – Marc and Amy Lewis, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-45.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 5.391′ N, 82° 36.824′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Ohio Route 37) and Maple Drive (the library parking lot), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Alexandria Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria OH 43001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker
 
Willoughby Dayton Miller Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2006
4. Willoughby Dayton Miller Marker
 
, as the crow flies. Alexander Devilbiss (within shouting distance of this marker); William Mears Dawes Gristmill (approx. ¼ mile away); Major General Charles Griffin (approx. 3.3 miles away); This Fraternity House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Founding of Granville, The Licking Company / The Granville Site "The most eligible part" (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .
1. W.D. (Willoughby Dayton) Miller. Page images from the most complete biography of Dr. W.D. Miller written during his life. (Submitted on November 11, 2006.) 

2. The micro-organisms of the human mouth: The local and general diseases which are caused by them. Book by W.D. Miller on Amazon.com. (Submitted on November 11, 2006.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,483 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of his gravesite • Photos of his homestead • Photos of the statue at Ohio State University • Photos of the memorial at the University of Michigan • Can you help?
 
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