The following information about Mr. Miser was published in 1923.
Joseph Houston Miser was reared on the home farm and received his early education in the country schools. Subsequently he enrolled in Maryville College, and he began teaching at the age of eighteen years, teaching during the summer and fall months and attending college during the winter months. He was an instructor in the country schools of Blount county for six terms; for one year was principal of the schools at Maryville and active in a similar capacity at Eton, Georgia, for one year; he was principal in Dallas, Georgia, one year, and principal in Sardis, that state, for a period covering five years.
At Christmas time of the year 1918, Mr. Miser returned to Maryville and was soon afterward elected county superintendent of the Blount county schools, which important position he has since held. There are eighty-three white schools and seven colored schools under his jurisdiction. He is sincerely devoted to educational work and has brought the county schools to a high standard.
On the 3d of June, 1919, Mr. Miser was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Lee Broady and to their union one child has been born, Joseph Houston, Jr. Politically Mr. Miser is a stanch supporter of the democratic party and the principles for which it stands. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church and fraternally he is identified with the Junior Order of American Mechanics and the Masons. He is readily conceded to be one of Maryville’s representative and substantial citizens and he well merits the position he occupies among the leading educators of the county and state.
Source: Moore, John Trotwood, and Austin P. Foster. Tennessee, the Volunteer State, 1769-1923. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co, 1923.