William Metcalf Bliss

Born: February 14,1812 in Troy, New York, United States
Died: August 29, 1893, Mamaroneck, New York, United States
Occupation: Merchant and Banker

Source Citation:
America's Successful Men of Affairs: An Encyclopedia of Contemporaneous Biography Volume I and Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America

WILLIAM METCALF BLISS, merchant and banker, born in Troy, N.Y., in 1812, died at Orienta, his home in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Aug. 29, 1893. He sprang from Puritan ancestry, his line producing many men eminent in the legal profession, for which Mr. Bliss was himself originally intended. His father, of the same name, a man of marked ability, served as Master of Chancery in Troy, for a long period. Carefully educated, William came to New York while a young man, entered business life, and with George Merritt, established the firm of Merritt, Ely & Co., with whom and their successors he continued until his retirement in 1864. He belonged to the old class of solid, upright New York merchants, having the dignified manners of his generation, and distinguished both for ability and personal character. Nature endowed him with a mind which would have commanded success in any calling, and he rose above the trammels of mercantile life to larger position. Noble in appearance, chivalrous in nature, a charming conversationalist, and a Christian gentleman, few excelled him in the warm friendship and cordial respect which he inspired. He was prominent as president of The Central National Bank, and a trustee of The Equitable Life Assurance Society. He was twice married, first to Miss Champion, of Troy, and later to Lucie Ann, daughter of Ellis Baker, of Albany.

#1 Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins of Rodborough, England and Hartford, CT (11 childen)
#14 Samuel Bliss and Mary Leonard of Springfield, MA (11 children)
#59 Ebenezer Bliss and Mary Gaylord of Springfield, MA (6 children)
#153 Jedediah Bliss and Rachel Sheldon of Springfield, MA (8 children)
#439 Hon. Moses Bliss and Abigail Metcalf of Springfield, MA (9 children)
#1217 William Metcalf Bliss, Esq., and Charlotte Ashley of Troy, NY (6 children)
#2731 William Metcalf Bliss and  Abby Champion of Troy, NY (1 child)
William Metcalf Bliss and Lucy Ann Baker of Troy and Mamaroneck, NY (no children)