George Bliss, Jr. 

Born: May 3, 1830, of Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 21, 1897, Wakefield, RI
Occupation: U.S. Attorney

Source Citation:
The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume I and Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America.

George Bliss, Jr., lawyer, was born in Springfield, Mass., May 3, 1830; son of George and Mary S. Bliss. His father and grandfather were prominent lawyers of western Massachusetts. The son received his early education at home and in Europe. He was graduated at Harvard in 1851. During his college course he was associated with David A. Wells in the publication of the "Annual of Scientific Discovery" and of "Things not Generally Known." After his graduation he spent two years in Europe, studying at the University of Berlin and in Paris, and traveling through Sweden, southern Germany, Switzerland, northern Italy, Spain and Portugal. Returning to the United States, he studied law in Springfield, Mass., and at the Harvard law school, and entered the office of William Curtis Noyes, in New York. In the following year he was admitted to the bar. During 1859 and 1860 he was private secretary to Governor Morgan of New York, and in April, 1861, was made a member of his staff. In 1862 he was appointed paymaster-general of the state, with the rank of colonel. In the same year, as captain in the 4th New York heavy artillery, he was detailed to the staff of Major-General Morgan, commanding the department of New York. In 1862 and 1863 he organized, under authority of the secretary of war, the 20th, 26th and 31st regiments of United States colored troops, representing in this service the Union league club of New York. In 1866 he became the attorney of the metropolitan board of health and metropolitan board of excise, and with Dorman B. Eaton, as counsel, carried the litigation as to the constitutionality of the boards, and to enforce the acts creating them to a successful close, the final decisions in both being reached only in the court of appeals. Pending the litigation in the excise cases, a thousand injunctions were granted in the common pleas court alone. On Jan. 1, 1873, he was appointed United States attorney for the southern district of New York, which position he held for more than four years. He died at Wakefield, R.I., Sept. 21, 1897.


#00001 Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins of England and Springfield, MA
#00014 Samuel Bliss and Mary Leonard of Springfield, MA
#00059 Ebenezer Bliss and Mary Gaylord of Springfield, MA
#00153 Jedediah Bliss and Rachel Sheldon of Springfield, MA
#00439 Hon. Moses Bliss and  Abigail Metcalf of Springfield, MA
#01214 George Bliss and Hannah Clark of Springfield, MA
#02720 George Bliss and Mary Shepherd Dwight of Springfield, MA
#05516 George Bliss, Jr. and Catherine Dwight of Springfield, MA (no children)
#05516 George Bliss, Jr. and Anais Casey of Springfield, MA (no children)