BLISS, Aaron Thomas

BLISS, Aaron Thomas
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1837–1906

Biography

BLISS, Aaron Thomas, a Representative from Michigan; born in Peterboro, Madison County, N.Y., May 22, 1837; attended the common schools; employed as a clerk in a store in Morrisville, N.Y., in 1853 and 1854; attended a select school in Munnsville, N.Y., in 1854; moved to Bouckville, N.Y., in 1855 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; enlisted as a private in the Tenth Regiment, New York Volunteer Cavalry, October 1, 1861; served three years, being confined six months of this time in the prisons of Andersonville, Charleston, Macon, and Columbia; rose while in the service from private to captain; moved to Saginaw, Mich., in December 1865 and engaged in the manufacture of lumber; member of the State senate in 1882; appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor Alger in 1885; held the same position on the staff of the commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1888; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; resumed the lumber business and also engaged in banking; department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in Michigan in 1897; Governor of Michigan 1900-1904; died in Milwaukee, Wis., September 16, 1906, while on a visit for medical treatment; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Saginaw, Mich.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1901, 1 oversize item. A proclamation issued following the assassination of President William McKinley.
Papers: In the James Burrill Angell Papers, 1854-1916, 14 linear feet and 1 oversize item. Other authors include Aaron Thomas Bliss.
Papers: In the John J. Carton Papers, 1883-1921, 17 linear feet and 3 volumes. Correspondents include Aaron T. Bliss. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Marshall L. Cook Papers, 1880-1945, 6 linear feet. Correspondents include Aaron T. Bliss. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Lucius Lee Hubbard, 1871-1935, 5 linear feet and 1 oversized folder. Correspondents include Aaron T. Bliss. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the McCreery Family Papers, 1818-1948, 12 linear feet. Other authors include Aaron T. Bliss. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the William Butts Mershon Papers, 1848-1943, 47 linear feet. Correspondents include Aaron T. Bliss. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Chase Salmon Osborn Papers, 1889-1949, 168 linear feet and 3 volumes. Other authors include Aaron Thomas Bliss. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the John Gibson Parkhurst Papers, 1802-1914, 10 linear feet and 1 oversize folder. Other authors include Aaron Thomas Bliss. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Sligh Family Papers, 1842-1967, 27 linear feet. Correspondents include Aaron T. Bliss. A finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Michigan. Legislature, 1907. Memorial of Aaron Thomas Bliss, Governor of Michigan during the years 1901-02 and 1903-04. His life and public services and a biographical sketch. Lansing?: Published by authority of the Legislature of 1907-8.

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