Emily Clark Huntington Miller moved from Brooklyn, Connecticut to Oberlin, Ohio in 1854 to pursue her higher education. She graduated with a B.A. in literature from Oberlin College in 1857, and she received an M.A. in literature from the same school in 1860. In September 1860, Miller married John Miller of Greentown, Ohio, a graduate of Oberlin and a professor of classics. However, John decided to leave the teaching profession in 1868 after several years of moving the young family from place to place across the Midwest. He took on a position as coeditor of The Little Corporal, a children’s magazine founded during the Civil War by Alfred Sewell and based in Chicago. The family settled in Evanston, and Miller soon started working with her husband in editing the young person’s literary magazine. By 1871, she was The Little Corporal’s sole editor.