Albert A. Bliss
|Albert Asahel Bliss|
|7th Ohio State Treasurer|
February 28, 1847 – January 12, 1852
|Preceded by||Joseph Whitehill|
|Succeeded by||John G. Breslin|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Lorain County district
December 2, 1839 – December 4, 1842
|Preceded by||William Andrews|
|Succeeded by||Richard Warner|
March 25, 1812|
|Alma mater||Oneida Institute|
Albert A. Bliss was born March 25, 1812 at Canton, Connecticut. He was the son of Asahel Bliss and Lydia Griswold. His younger brother was Philemon Bliss. 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. He worked at his trade, and saved money to go west.
Bliss arrived at Elyria, Ohio in 1833, where he studied law at the office of Whittlesey and Hamlin, and edited the Ohio Atlas. 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.
Bliss returned to Elyria in 1837, and practiced for ten years. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for three terms, as a Whig. He was elected by the legislature as Ohio State Treasurer early in 1847 to a three year term. He was re-elected in 1850. 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. 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. He moved to Jackson, Michigan in 1863, and was appointed by Governor Bagley as an inspector of the Jackson State Prison. 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.
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