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Wilson S. Bissell
Wilson Bissell
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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
PresidentGrover Cleveland
John Wanamaker
William Lyne Wilson
Personal details
Born
Wilson Shannon Bissell

(1847-12-31)December 31, 1847
New London, New York, U.S. (now Rome)
DiedOctober 6, 1903(1903-10-06) (aged 55)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Cemetery,
Buffalo, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Louise Fowler Sturges
(m. 1890⁠–⁠1903)
Children1
EducationYale 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.[1]

Early life

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,[2] 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.[1] He was of Scotch-Irish ancestry.[3]

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.[4]:489

Career

Following his graduation from Yale, he began the study of law in Buffalo with Lanning, Cleveland & Folson.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1871 and began practicing.[1]

From 1873 to 1882 he was a law partner of future President Grover Cleveland and acted as chief groomsman when Cleveland was married.[5] Bissell entered Democratic Party politics as a candidate for Presidential Elector in 1888. He served as Postmaster General under Cleveland from 1893 to 1895.[6] In 1896, he was a delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention.[7]

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.[8]

From 1902 until his death in 1903, Bissell served as the Chancellor of the University of Buffalo.[9]

Personal life

On February 6, 1890, Bissell was married to Louise Fowler Sturges (1866-1921) of Geneva, New York.[1] They were the parents of one child.[2]

Bissell died at age 55 on October 6, 1903 at his residence in Buffalo, New York.[10] After a funeral at Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo (where former President Cleveland was a pallbearer),[3] his body was cremated and his ashes were buried in the family lot at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Cutter, William Richard (1912). Genealogical and Family History of Western New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 142. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year ... D. Appleton & Company. 1894. p. 736. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Buffalo Historical Society Publications. Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Historical Society. 1904. p. 489. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society, vol. 7, 1904
  5. ^ Waterloo, Stanley; Hanson Jr., John Wesley (1896). Famous American Men and Women: A Complete Portrait Gallery of Celebrated People, Whose Names are Prominent in the Annals of the Time, Each Portrait Accompanied by an Authentic Biographical Sketch, Secured by Personal Interview--the Whole Forming a Text Book of National Character. J.H. Moore Company. pp. 130-131. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Wilson Shannon Bissell letter to Frank Campbell". archives.nypl.org. Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Wilson S. Bissell, United States Postmaster
  8. ^ Stevenson, R.P; Potter, M., Oldtime Days In Mountainville, and Surrounding Towns, (1990), pp.92
  9. ^ White, Truman C. (1898). Our County and its People | A descriptive work on Erie County, New York. The Boston History Company. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Obituary | Buffalo Medical Journal Vol. LIX.-XLIII. August 1903, to July, 1904". 1904: 275. Retrieved 2018. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Wanamaker
United States Postmaster General
Served under: Grover Cleveland

1893 – 1895
Succeeded by
William L. Wilson

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