According to historical documentation, Franklin Harrison Miller was born in 1843 to Southard Harrison Miller and Esther Peckham Miller of Fall River, Massachusetts. Southard H. Miller was a prominent builder and contractor. In 1845, S. H. Miller built the Trafton house in Fall River that eventually became the family home of Lizzie Borden.
Franklin H. Miller, listed in records as a professional artist, pursued his early studies in Boston and Paris. The artist also studied with the acclaimed painter, Robert Spear Dunning (1829-1905). Dunning was a co-founder of the Fall River School of painting. In 1870, Dunning established the Fall River Evening Drawing School. Well-known membe
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