Bliss, Tasker Howard
Born: Dec 31, 1853 AD
Died: 1930 AD, at 76 years of age.
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.
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