Archibald M. Bliss

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Archibald Meserole Bliss
Archibald M. Bliss.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Philip S. Crooke
Succeeded by Felix Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889
Preceded by Nicholas Muller
Succeeded by Thomas F. Magner
Personal details
Born January 25, 1838 (1838-01-25)
Brooklyn, New York City
Died March 19, 1923 (1923-03-20) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C.
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Marie E. Meserole Bliss
Profession merchant


Archibald Meserole Bliss (January 25, 1838 – March 19, 1923) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.


Bliss was born in Brooklyn, New York City and attended the common schools. He married Marie E. Meserale and they had two children.[1]


Between 1864 and 1867 Bliss was an alderman of Brooklyn and served as president of the board of aldermen in 1866. In 1867 he was unsuccessful in his candidacy for mayor, which he ran on the Republican ticket.

Bliss was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1864 and 1868. He was a delegate to the Liberal Republican National Convention in 1872, and to the Democratic National Convention of 1876, 1880, 1884, and 1888. He was a member of the board of water commissioners of Brooklyn in 1871 and 1872. From 1868 until 1878 he was the president and vice-president of the Bushwick Railroad Company. He was also a Director of the New York & Long Island Bridge Company.

Elected as a Democrat, Bliss was a United States Representative for the fourth district of New York in the forty-fourth Congress and was re-elected three times, serving from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1883. He did not stand in 1882 but was elected to the forty-ninth and fiftieth Congresses for the fifth district of New York and served from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1889. He did not run in 1888.

While in Congress Bliss served as Chairman on the Committee on Pensions. From 1889 until his death, he carried on a real estate business in Washington D. C.


Bliss died in Washington, D.C. on 19 March 1923 (age 85 years, 53 days). He is interred at Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.


  1. ^ "Archibald M. Bliss". Retrieved 10 September 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Philip S. Crooke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
Felix Campbell
Preceded by
Nicholas Muller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889
Succeeded by
Thomas F. Magner

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.