George Bliss (1813 - 1868)

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Birthplace: Jericho, VT, USA
Death: Died in Wooster, OH, USA
Managed by: Susan Marie Bliss Bezkor
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About George Bliss

George Bliss (January 1, 1813 – October 24, 1868) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio.

Bliss was born in Jericho, Vermont. He attended Granville College. Moved to Ohio in 1832, studied law with David Kellogg Cartter, was admitted to the bar in 1841 and became Cartter's law partner in Akron, Ohio.[1]

Bliss was Mayor of Akron in 1850.[1] In 1850 he was appointed the presiding judge of the eighth judicial district and continued in that role until the office was discontinued after a constitutional change.

He was elected to the Thirty-third Congress (4 March 1853 – 3 March 1855) as a Democrat. Bliss subsequently withdrew his nomination for re-election. He continued practising law in Wooster, Ohio. In 1858, he was principal counsel and attorney in the Oberlin–Wellington Rescue case, assisting George Belden of Canton, the United States District Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, in the prosecution. Both conspirators were found guilty by the jury in the court of judge Hiram V. Willson, and punished.[2]

Bliss was elected to the Thirty-eighth congress (4 March 1863 – 3 March 1865) and was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1864. He was a delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866.

George Bliss died in Wooster, Ohio on 24 October 1868 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Married Sarah J. Fish of Williamstown, New York, and they had five children. After Bliss died, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York.

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George Bliss, US Congress's Timeline

June 1, 1813
Jericho, VT, USA
Age 42
September 9, 1857
Age 44
New York
June 16, 1859
Age 46
New York
Age 47
February 6, 1863
Age 49
New York
Age 51
Wooster, Ohio
October 25, 1868
Age 55
Wooster, OH, USA
Wooster Cemetery Wooster Wayne County Ohio