John Ripin Miller has devoted much of his professional life to public service. After serving in the US Army and graduating from Bucknell University and Yale Law School, he became active in both municipal and state governments, holding seats as a Seattle city councilman, a member of the US House of Representatives, and ambassador-at-large for the US State Department, where he led the fight against modern-day slavery around the world.
Miller’s political experiences helped fuel a fascination with the life of George Washington and how the perception of his legacy changed throughout the decades. This inspired years of research and an exhaustive study into the Newburgh Conspiracy of the Revolutionary War, which Miller later turned into the comprehensive historical novel The Man Who Could Be King.
Interspersed with his political career, Miller taught English at Northwest Yeshiva High School on Mercer Island, Washington, taught history of slavery at Yale University, served as a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute, and coached Little League Baseball in Seattle. The Man Who Could Be King is his ﬁrst novel.