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Bissell, William H.-Born in Hartwick, Otsego County, New York, April 25, 1811. He was self-educated, attending school in the summer, and teaching school in the winter; he studied medicine, and graduated in 1834 at the Medical College in Philadelphia; he removed to Illinois, and after practising his profession until 1840, was elected to the State Legislature; he studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Illinois; after practising with success, he was, in 1844, elected a Prosecuting Attorney; he served with distinction in the Mexican war, and especially at Buena Vista, as captain of the 2d Regiment Illinois Volunteers; he was a Representative in Congress, from Illinois, from 1849 to 1855; and in 1856
he was elected Governor of Illinois for four years, to the duties of which office he devoted his undivided attention. Died at Springfield, Illinois, March 18, 1860.
Black, Edward J. — Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, in 1806. He never attended college, but read law, and was admitted to the bar of Augusta, Georgia, in 1827. He commenced his public life by going into the State Legislature, where he served for several years, and was elected a Representative in Congress, from Georgia, in 1838, remaining there until 1845. He died in Barnwell District, South Carolina, whither he had gone for change of scene, in 1849.
Black, James.—He was born in Pennsylvania, and was a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1843 to 1847.
IBlack, James A.—He was born in South Carolina, and was a Representative in. Congress, from that State, from 1843 to 1847. Died in Washington, April 5, 1848.
Black, John.-He was at one time a resident of Louisiana, but removing to Mississippi, was elected a Senator in Congress, from 1832 to 1838, officiating as Chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims during the first term. He died in Winchester, Virginia, August 29, 1854.
Blackledge, William.—Presumed to have been the father of the following. He was for several years a member of the General Assembly of North Carolina, and served that State as Representative in Congress, from 1803 to 1809, and from 1811 to 1813. Died at Spring Hill, Lenoir County, North Carolina, October 19, 1828.
Blackledge, William S.—He was born in Pitt County, North Carolina; was a member of the General Assembly of North Carolina; and he was elected to Congress, from that State, for the term, from 1821 to 1823. Died in Newbern, North Carolina, March 21, 1857, aged sixty-four.
Blackmar, Esbon.—He was a native of New York, and a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1848 to 1849; he also served two years in the State Assembly, from Wayne County.
Blackwell, Julius W.-He was born in Virginia, and was a Representative in Congress, from Tennessee, from 1839 to 1841, and again from 1843 to 1845.
Blaime, James Gillespie.-He was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1830; graduated at Washington College in 1847; adopted the profession of editor, and, having removed to Maine, edited the Kennebec Journal and Portland Advertiser for several years. He served four years in the Maine Legislature, two of which as Speaker of the House; and in 1862 he was elected a Representative from Maine to the Thirty-eighth Congress, serving as a member of the Committee on the Post-office and Post-roads.
Blair, Barnard.—He was a native of New York, and a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1841 to 1843, serving as a member of the Committee on Elections.
Blair, Francis P., Jr.—Born in Lexington, Kentucky, February 19, 1821, graduated at Princeton College, adopted the profession of law, was a member of the Missouri Legislature in 1852 and 1854, and elected a Representative from Missouri to the Thirty-fifth Congress, serving on the Committee on Private Land Claims. Re-elected to the Thirty-seventh Congress, and was Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs. He was also a Colonel of volunteers in 1861, and in 1862 he was appointed a Major-General in the army, and was subsequently re-elected to the Thirty-eighth Congress. During the first session of that Congress, he resigned his seat in the House to resume his position in the army, but by the action of the House, subsequently, the seat was assigned to his contestant, Samuel Knox.
Blair, Jacob B.-Was born in Parkersburg, Wood County, Virginia, April 11, 1821, studied and adopted the profession of law, was Prosecuting Attorney for Ritchie County for several years, and was elected a Representative from Virginia to the Thirty-seventh Congress, serving on the Committee on
1809, and was a member of the Assembly of that State in 1819.
Blake, Thomas H.-He was born in Calvert County, Maryland, June, 1792, and spent his boyhood in Washington City. He served at the battle of Bladensburg in 1814; was an early emigrant to the State of Kentucky, and afterwards to Indiana while a Territory; upon the formation of the State government, he settled at Terre Haute; there practised law, and served on the bench of the Circuit Court, and was District Attorney; and subsequently engaged in mercantile pursuits. He was, for many years, a member of the State Legislature, and a Representative in Congress, from Indiana, from 1827 to 1829. Under President Tyler's administration, he was Commissioner of the General Land Office, and, upon his resignation, was appointed President of the Wabash and Erie Canal Company. He held this office at the time of his death, having just returned from England, where, as the financial agent of his State, he had made satisfactory arrangements with its public creditors. He died at Cincinnati, while on his return from Washington, November 28, 1849.
Blanchard, John.—Born in the County of Caledonia, Vermont, September 30, 1787. He spent his boyhood on a farm; prepared himself for college, and graduated at Dartmouth in 1812; removed to Pennsylvania, and taught school; read law, and was admitted to practice; and was a Representative in Congress, from Pennsylvania, from 1845 to 1849. He died in Columbia, Lancaster County, March 8, 1849.
Bland, Theodoric.—Was a native of Virginia; he was bred a physician, but upon the commencement of the American war he quitted the practice for the army, and rose to the rank of Colonel, and had the command of a regiment of dragoons. In 1779, he had command of the troops at Albemarle Barracks, and continued in that station till elected to a seat in Congress in 1780. He served in that body three years. He was then chosen a member of the Virginia Legislature. He was a Representative in the first Congress under the Constitution, having voted for its adoption. He died at New York, June 1, 1790, while attending a session of
Congress, aged forty-eight. He was the first member of Congress whose death was announced in that body.
Bledsoe, Jesse.—He was at one time a distinguished advocate and jurist of Kentucky, and a Senator in Congress, from that State, from 1813 to 1815; he was also Professor of Law in the University of Transylvania, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. He died at Nacogdoches, Texas, June 30, 1837.
Bleecker, Hermanus.-He was born at Albany, New York, in 1779, and died there, July 19, 1849. He was a member of Congress, from 1811 to 1813, and, by President Van Buren, was appointed, in 1839, Chargé d'Affaires at the Hague.
Bliss, George.—Was born in Jericho, Chittenden County, Vermont, January 1, 1818; received an academical education; went to Ohio in his twentieth year, and spent one year in Granville College; studied law and came to the bar in 1841; in 1850 he was appointed President Judge of the Eighth Judicial District of Ohio, serving one year, or until the State Constitution was changed; in 1852 was elected a Representative from Ohio, to the Thirty-third Congress, and in 1862 he was re-elected to the Thirtyeighth Congress, serving on the Committee on the Judiciary.
Bliss, Philemom.—Born in Canton, Connecticut, July 28, 1814; educated at Fairfield Academy, Oneida Institute, and Hamilton College, New York; is a lawyer by profession; removed to Ohio, and was elected President Judge of the Fourteenth Circuit Court, and, in 1854, a Representative to the Thirty-fourth Congress, and reelected to the Thirty-fifth Congress. He is a member of the Committee on Manufactures.
Bloodworth, Timothy.—He was born in North Carolina, and was a Representative in Congress, from North Carolina, in 1790 and 1791, and a Senator of the United States, from 1795 to 1801. He died August 24, 1814.
Bloomfield, Joseph.-Born in the town of Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey; studied law until 1775,
when he became an active friend of the
Revolution; was afterwards Attorney
General for New Jersey; Governor of that State from 1801 to 1812; was ap
pointed a Brigadier-General by President Madison; and was a Representative in Congress, from New Jersey, from 1817
to 1821. As Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions he reported the bill granting pensions to soldiers of the Revolutionary army. He resided in Burlington, New Jersey, many years before his death.
IBlount, Thomas.-He was born in North Carolina; was a General of militia in that State; and a Representative from the same, in the Twelfth Congress. Died in Washington, February 9, 1812.
Blount, William.—He was a Delegate to the Continental Congress in 1782, 1783, 1786, and 1787, from North Carolina; and was Governor of the territory south of the Ohio, having been appointed to that office in 1790. In 1796, he was chosen President of the Convention of Tennessee. He was elected, the same year, by that State, to a seat in the United States Senate, but was expelled in 1797, for having, as it was alleged, instigated the Creeks and Cherokees to assist the British in conquering the Spanish territories near the United States. While his impeachment was being tried in the United States Senate he was elected a member of the State Senate and made President thereof. He died at Knoxville, March 10, 1810, aged fifty-six years.
Blount, William G.-He was a Representative in Congress, from Tennessee, from 1815 to 1819. Died May 21, 1827.
Blow, Henry T.-Born in Southampton County, Virginia, July 15, 1817; removed to Missouri in 1830, and graduated at the St. Louis University; devoted himself to the drug and lead business; served four years in the State Senate; in 1861 he was appointed by President Lincoln Minister to Venezuela, which he resigned in less than a year, and in 1862 he was elected a Representative from Missouri to the Thirty-eighth Congress, serving on the Committee of Ways and Means. He
was also a Delegate to the Baltimore Convention of 1864.
Boardman, Elijah. — Born in New Milford, Connecticut, March 7, 1760, and became a successful merchant. He was frequently a member of the Legislature, member of the Council, and a Senator in Congress, from 1821 to 1823. He died in Boardman, Ohio, October 8, 1823.
Boardman, William W. — He was born in New Milford, Connecticut, October 10, 1794; graduated at Yale College in 1812; studied law at Litchfield and Cambridge, and practised with success; was at one time Judge of Probate; for several years in the State Legislature, and Speaker of the House; and a Representative in Congress, from Connecticut, from 1841 to 1843.
Bockee, Abraham.—He was born in New York, and was a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1829 to 1831, and again from 1833 to 1837; he subsequently served four years in the Senate and one year in the Assembly of the State of New York.
Bocock, Thomas S.—He was born in Buckingham County, Virginia, in 1815; graduated at Hampden Sidney College; adopted the profession of law; was Commonwealth Attorney for the County of Appomattox, in 1845 and 1846; for several sessions a member of the Virginia House of Delegates; and has been a Representative in Congress, from 1847 to the present time, serving, for some years, as Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs. Took part in the Rebellion of 1861 as a member of the “Confederate” Congress.
Boden, Aleacander.—He was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and was a Representative in Congress, from that State, from 1817 to 1821.
Bodle, Charles.—He was a Representative in Congress, from New York, from 1833 to 1835, and died in New York City, in 1836.
Bokee, David A.—He was born in New York, October 6, 1805; was a Representative in Congress, from New York, from 1849 to 1851, serving on the Committee on Indian Affairs; and his