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Peter N. Muller, as his name implies, is of German extraction and possesses the fine, stable qualities of his sterling Teutonic ancestors. In the prime of manhood he brings to bear upon all of his undertakings a strong purpose to succeed and that genuine ability that rarely fails of attaining its goal. Loyal to the land of his birth and active in the support of its government and institutions, he is a model of American patriotism and is well deserving of a place in the annals of Atchison, his native county.

His father, Peter Muller, was born in Germany and came to the United States when a young man, believing that he might have better opportunities for making a livelihood and position here than in the more crowded centers of European civilization. Fortune brought him to Kansas and in Atchison county he was employed by the government as a teamster on the plains. He married Lizzie Newton, a native of Iowa, and four children were born to them: One who died in infancy; Jane, now living in Winchester, Kansas; Mrs. Dora Brosig, of Holton, Kansas; and Peter N., of this sketch.

He was born January 4, 1871, and was a small child when death deprived him of his mother's loving care. Consequently he was reared in the household of John Wagner, the administrator of the Muller estate. When he had reached a suitable age he commenced attending the district schools and managed to gain a liberal business education. For some time after leaving school he was employed as a farm hand. By diligence and economy he laid aside a portion of his earnings and at length invested the amount in a farm. He now owns a quarter-section of land in Benton township and is constantly making improvements upon the place, which has many natural advantages.

Ever since he attained his majority Mr. Muller has given his ballot to the nominees of the Republican party, as he firmly believes in its policy. In all of his labors and trials and joys he finds an earnest helpmate and friend in the person of his wife, whose destinies were united with his own on the 8th of March, 1899. Her maiden name was Tillie M. Stewart and her former home was Effingham, where she was reared, receiving good educational advantages.