William G. Bissell
Bissell was born on September 18, 1857 in Massena, New York. He moved with his parents to Lodi, Wisconsin in the spring of 1866. Bissell worked as a farmer and travelling salesman before becoming a general merchant in 1896. He married Eva S. Sisson (1860–1937). Bissell died in 1925 and is interred in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
In the fall of 1898 Bissell was nominated for the state senate by the Republicans of the Twenty-seventh district, comprising Columbia and Sauk counties, and he was elected over Edmund S. Baker, the candidate of the democrats and James M. Blachly, the candidate of the Prohibitionists. Bissell represented the 27th District in the Senate from 1899 to 1902. Bissell served on the committees on state affairs, manufacturers and agriculture of the senate.