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.