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Bissell, William Harrison

Born: 1811 AD
Died: 1860 AD

1811 – Born on the 25th of April in Hartwick, Otsego County, New York. American lawyer, soldier, educator, politician and physician.

1835 – Attended Yale University, and was graduated from the Philadelphia Medical College.

1837 – He moved to Monroe County, Illinois and served as professor and practiced medicine.

1840-1842 – Bissell was nominated and elected as a Democrat to a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives from Monroe County.

         – His single term in the Illinois General Assembly gave Bissell an appetite for public service.

         – Studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois.

         – Bissell opened a law office in Belleville with James A. Shields, to practice in the Monroe, Randolph, and St. Clair counties’ courts.

1844 – He earned his law degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

         – Became the prosecuting attorney of St. Clair County.

         – Served in the Mexican War as colonel of the Second Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

1849-1855 – Elected as Representative from Illinois. (Democratic).

1857 – Bissell was elected Governor of Illinois.

         – Bissell was inaugurated in the Governor’s Mansion, because of his paralysis, on January 12th, only immediate family and a few friends attended the ceremony.

1860 – He died of pneumonia on 25th of April in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois and was interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery.