1853 – He was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on the 31st of December, to George Ripley Bliss and Mary Ann Raymond.
1917-1918 – Served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
1875 – Graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
– He was assigned to the artillery, then returned to West Point as an instructor in French.
1876 – Bliss asked for an assignment in the West, but was turned down and he remained at West Point.
1882 – Married Eleanora E. Anderson and they had two children.
1885 – Assigned to teach military science at the Naval War College, bCollege’s first Army faculty member.
1899 – Served as Collector of Customs in Havana.
1902 – He was promoted to brigadier general.
– Brigadier General Bliss negotiated the U.S.-Cuban reciprocity treaty.
1903 – He served as the first president of the newly formed Army War College.
– Served as commander of the Department of Luzon in the Philippines.
1909 – Returned to the United States, again held command of the Army War College.
1915 – Bliss was promoted to major general and Army Assistant Chief of Staff.
1917 – Promoted to temporary full (four star) general and appointed as Army Chief of Staff.
1918 – Wilson ordered Bliss overseas, appointed him to the Supreme War Council.
– Relieved from the General Staff and served as governor of the Soldier’s Home in Washington, DC.
1927 – Bliss retired from the military, and was kept on the Army retired list as a full (four-star) general.
1930 – He died on 9th of November, in Washington D.C. and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.