Albert A. Bliss

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Albert Asahel Bliss
7th Ohio State Treasurer
In office
February 28, 1847[1] – January 12, 1852
Preceded by Joseph Whitehill
Succeeded by John G. Breslin
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Lorain County district
In office
December 2, 1839 – December 4, 1842
Preceded by William Andrews
Succeeded by Richard Warner
Personal details
Born (1812-03-25)March 25, 1812
Canton, Connecticut
Died May 14, 1893(1893-05-14) (aged 81)
Leoni, Michigan
Political party Whig
Republican
Spouse(s) Almira Beebe
Children five
Alma mater Oneida Institute

Albert Asahel Bliss was a Whig politician from the U.S. State of Ohio. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives and was the Ohio State Treasurer for five years.

Biography[edit]

Albert A. Bliss was born March 25, 1812 at Canton, Connecticut. He was the son of Asahel Bliss and Lydia Griswold.[2] His younger brother was Philemon Bliss.[3] At age fourteen, he attended the Oneida Institute at Whitestown, New York, where he learned the trades of chair making and house and sign painting.[3][4] He worked at his trade, and saved money to go west.[4]

Bliss arrived at Elyria, Ohio in 1833, where he studied law at the office of Whittlesey and Hamlin,[3] and edited the Ohio Atlas.[4] He was admitted to the bar in September, 1835 in Cleveland, Ohio. He removed to Cleveland, where he worked as a lawyer, and edited the Daily Gazette.[3]

Bliss returned to Elyria in 1837, and practiced for ten years. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for three terms,[3] as a Whig.[4] He was elected by the legislature as Ohio State Treasurer early in 1847 to a three year term. He was re-elected in 1850.[5] In 1851, Ohio voters adopted a new constitution, which made treasurer a two year term elected by voters. In the 1851 election, Bliss lost to his Democratic opponent, John G. Breslin.[6] Bliss served until the second Monday in January, 1852.

Bliss returned to Elyria late in 1852, where he remained until 1863. In 1857, Bliss's successor was accused of embezzling large sums from the treasury, and accused Bliss of similar crimes. Bliss managed to defend himself and avoid punishment.[7] He moved to Jackson, Michigan in 1863, and was appointed by Governor Bagley as an inspector of the Jackson State Prison.[4] Three years later, he was elected to the School Board. He was the Republican candidate for probate judge in 1876, and was defeated by only 45 votes.[4]

Family[edit]

Albert Bliss was married at Elyria, December 30, 1835 to Almira J. Beebe, originally from Whitestown, New York.[2] They had five children.[2] He died at Leoni, Michigan on May 14, 1893.[8]

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