Chancellor of the University of Buffalo 1902-1903 James O. Putnam Charles Phelps Norton 36th United States Postmaster General March 6, 1893 - March 1, 1895 President Grover Cleveland John Wanamaker William Lyne Wilson Personal details Born
Wilson Shannon Bissell
December 31, 1847 New London, New York, U.S. (now Rome) Died October 6, 1903 (aged 55) Buffalo, New York, U.S. Resting place Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York Political party Democratic Spouse(s)
Louise Fowler Sturges
Children 1 Education Yale University ( BA)
Wilson Shannon Bissell (December 31, 1847 - October 6, 1903) was an American politician from New York and considered one of the foremost Democratic leaders of Western New York. 
Bissell was born on December 31, 1847 in
New London, Oneida County, New York. He was the son of John Bissell (1808-1889), a prominent forwarding merchant in Buffalo, and Isabella Jeanette (  née Hally) Bissell (1813-1885). His older brother, Arthur Douglas Bissell, was the president of the New York State Bankers Association and president of the People's Bank of Buffalo. He was of  Scotch-Irish ancestry. 
He prepared at Hopkins Grammar School in
New Haven, Connecticut and graduated from Yale University in 1869 and was a member of Skull and Bones.  : 489
Following his graduation from Yale, he began the study of law in Buffalo with Lanning, Cleveland & Folson.
He was  admitted to the bar in 1871 and began practicing. 
From 1873 to 1882 he was a law partner of future
President Grover Cleveland and acted as chief groomsman when Cleveland was married. Bissell entered  Democratic Party politics as a candidate for Presidential Elector in 1888. He served as Postmaster General under Cleveland from 1893 to 1895. In 1896, he was a delegate to the  1896 Democratic National Convention. 
Apgar's Corners in
Tewksbury Township, New Jersey was renamed in 1893 to the village of Bissell in an effort to sway him into ordering that a post office be created in the settlement. A small post office building (no longer in existence) was established soon thereafter. 
From 1902 until his death in 1903, Bissell served as the Chancellor of the
University of Buffalo. 
On February 6, 1890, Bissell was married to Louise Fowler Sturges (1866-1921) of
Geneva, New York. They were the parents of one child.  
Bissell died at age 55 on October 6, 1903 at his residence in
Buffalo, New York. After a funeral at  Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo (where former President Cleveland was a pallbearer), his body was cremated and his ashes were buried in the family lot at  Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo. 
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Wilson S. Bissell, United States Postmaster
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