John A. Page and Josephine MilesJohn A. Page (June 17, 1814 – August 23, 1891) was a Vermont banker and political figure who served as Vermont State Treasurer.Contents 1 Early life 2 Later career 3 Death 4 Family 5 ReferencesEarly lifeJohn A. Page was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire on June 17, 1814. He was the son of John Page and Hannah Merrill. John Page served in the United States Senate and as Governor of New Hampshire.The younger Page was educated in Haverhill and graduated from Haverhill Academy. He trained to be a merchant, clerking at dry goods stores in Portland, Maine and Haverhill. The Haverhill store in which he worked closed during the Panic of 1837, and Page began a career in banking as Cashier of the Grafton Bank.In 1848 Page moved to Danville, Vermont to accept the position of Cashier at the Caledonia Bank. A Democrat in politics, he served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1848 to 1849.Page became associated with Erastus Fairbanks in 1849 as Financial Agent for the Passumpsic and Connecticut Rivers Railroad, and relocated to Newbury. Later careerLater in 1849 Page was appointed Cashier of the Vermont Bank and moved to Montpelier, where he lived for the rest of his life. In 1852 he ran for Vermont State Treasurer, and was defeated by George Howes.From 1853 to 1854 Page served as Vermont State Treasurer, succeeding George Howes. He finished second in the balloting, and was chosen by the Vermont General Assembly after a multi-candidate election in which no candidate received the majority required by the Vermont Constitution. In 1854 he was defeated for another term by Henry M. Bates. He also lost an 1855 rematch to Bates.The First National Bank of Vermont was organized in 1865, and Page was elected a member of the board of directors and appointed as the bank’s President.By now a Republican, in 1866 Page was again elected State Treasurer, succeeding John B. Page. He served until 1882, and was succeeded by William H. Dubois. DeathPage retired from most of his business interests in 1882, but continued to serve as President of the First National Bank until January, 1891. He died in Montpelier on August 23, 1891. FamilyJohn A. Page was married to Martha Ward of Haverhill. They had one son, John W. Page, who worked with his father in Montpelier and later moved to Nebraska to raise cattle.
Josephine Miles and John A. PageJosephine MilesJosephine Louise Miles (June 11, 1911 – May 12, 1985) was an American poet and literary critic; the first woman to be tenured in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She wrote over a dozen books of poetry and several works of criticism.Born in Chicago in 1911, her family moved when she was young to Southern California. Due to a disabling arthritis, she was educated at home by tutors, but was able to graduate from Los Angeles High School in a class which included the composer John Cage.Miles attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature before moving to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue her doctorate. She received a Fellowship from the American Association of University Women in 1939. In 1964, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She remained in Berkeley for the rest of her life, receiving many highly coveted fellowships and awards until her death in May 1985. She was the first woman to receive tenure in the English Department at Berkeley and, at the time of her death, held the position of University Professor, one of the rarest and most prestigious honors in academic life.She was fascinated with Beat poetry and was both a host and critic to many Beat poets from her chair at Berkeley. Most notably, she helped Allen Ginsberg publish Howl by recommending it to Richard Eberhart, who would publish an article in the New York Times praising the poem. She was also the founder of the internationally distributed Berkeley Poetry Review in 1974 on the U.C. Berkeley campus. Miles was a mentor to many young poets, including Jack Spicer, Robin Blaser, Diane Wakoski, Diana O'Hehir, William Stafford, and A. R. Ammons.In reference to her lifelong disability, Thom Gunn recollected that “The unavoidable first fact about Josephine Miles was physical. As a young child she contracted a form of degenerative arthritis so severe that it left her limbs deformed and crippled. As a result, she could not be left alone in a house, she could not handle a mug...she could not use a typewriter; and she could neither walk nor operate a wheelchair.” Miles bequethed her Berkeley home to the University of California, which offers the house for use by the visiting Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry.The PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award was established in her honor to recognize achievement in multicultural literature.
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