1835 – Born on the 19th of August in near Hartford, Ohio.
– He graduated with a teacher’s certificate from the Hartford Academy.
1855 – Moved to Wayne County, Missouri at age 20.
– He moved to the western portion of the Utah Territory, part of present day western Nevada, where he taught school, and tried his hand at prospecting and mining.
– While teaching school he studied law, and after passing the bar, began practicing in Virginia City and Carson City.
1860-1864 – Elected in the office as treasurer of Carson County.
1865 – Returned to Missouri, and set up a law practice, with his brother C.C. Bland.
1869 – He moved to nearby Lebanon. Because a predecessor of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad had recently laid track through Lebanon, it was seen as more commercially viable.
1872 – He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives.
1873 – He married Virginia Mitchell of Rolla.
1873-1899 – Elected to the House of Representatives to the 43rd Congress.
1875-1877 – Served as chairman of House Mines and Mining Committee.
1878 – With William Allison (R-IA), he passed the Bland-Allison Act.
1883-1889 – Chairman of House Coinage, Weights, and Measures Committee.
1891-1895 – Once again he served as chairman of House Coinage, Weights, and Measures Committee.
1896 – Candidate for Democratic presidential nomination.
1897-1899 – Elected as Representative from Missouri.
1899 – He died on 19th of August and was buried at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Lebanon, Missouri.