Archibald Meserole Bliss

Born: January 25, 1836 or 1837, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 21, 1903, Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Manufacturer (General)

Source Citation: Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography, p.122, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 Biographies
page 860, and Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America.

ARCHIBALD M. Bliss, merchant, railroad president, congressman, was born Jan. 25, 1837, in Brooklyn, N. Y. He received an academic education and was for many years engaged in mercantile pursuits. He was for four years an alderman, from 1864, and president of the board in 1867, and was defeated for mayor in the latter year. He was a delegate to the Baltimore convention in 1864, Chicago convention of 1868, and the Cincinnati convention of 1872, and in 1869 and 1870 was commissioner of public works for Brooklyn. He was a director in several banks, vice-president and director in the New York and Long Island Bridge company, and president of the Bushwick Railroad company. In 1874 he was elected a representative from New York to the forty-fourth congress, and was re-elected to the forty-fifth, forty-sixth, forty-seventh, forty-ninth and fiftieth congresses as a republican.

BLISS, Archibald Meserole, a Representative from New York; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., January 25, 1838; attended the common schools; alderman of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1864-1867, serving as president of the board of aldermen in 1866; unsuccessful Republican candidate for mayor of Brooklyn in 1867; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Baltimore in 1864 and at Chicago in 1868, to the Liberal National Convention at Cincinnati in 1872, and to the Democratic National Conventions in 1876, 1880, 1884, and 1888; member of the board of water commissioners of Brooklyn in 1871 and 1872; president and vice president of the Bushwick Railroad Co. 1868-1878; director of the New York, & Long Island Bridge Co.; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1883); was not a candidate for renomination in 1882; elected to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); was not a candidate for renomination in 1888; engaged in the real-estate business in Washington, D.C., until his death there on March 19, 1923; interment in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y


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