Aaron T. Bliss
|25th Governor of Michigan|
January 1, 1901 – January 1, 1905
|Lieutenant||Orrin W. Robinson|
|Preceded by||Hazen S. Pingree|
|Succeeded by||Fred M. Warner|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 8th district
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1891
|Preceded by||Timothy E. Tarsney|
|Succeeded by||Henry M. Youmans|
|Member of the Michigan Senate|
|Born||May 22, 1837|
Peterboro, New York
|Died||September 16, 1906 (aged 69)|
Bliss was born to Lyman and Anna M. (Chaffee) Bliss in Peterboro, New York and attended the common schools. He was employed as a clerk in a store in Morrisville, New York, in 1853 and 1854 and with the $100 he made there he attended a select school in Munnsville, New York, in 1854. The following year, Bliss moved to Bouckville, a small town in Madison County, New York, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits.
During the American Civil War, Bliss enlisted as a private in the Peterman Guards of the Tenth New York Volunteer Cavalry, October 1, 1861, and reported for duty at Elmira, New York. After a quick advancement to lieutenant, his regiment formed a part of Kilpatrick’s Brigade and was ordered to the front, joining the Army of the Potomac. He commanded a squadron from Washington, D.C. during the Second Battle of Bull Run and his rank advanced to captain. He also fought in the battle of Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, Petersburg, Ground Squirrel Church, Stony Creek, South Mountain, Falls Church and Warrenton. Then he was captured on General Wilson’s raid near Richmond. For six months he was held at the Confederate prisons of Andersonville, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, Macon, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina, where on November 29, 1864, like the man who would later precede him as governor, Hazen S. Pingree, Bliss escaped from a Confederate prison. He walked near three weeks until he reached General Sherman’s army at Savannah, Georgia, just two days before its evacuation. Bliss soon rejoined his own command at Petersburg, Virginia, where he remained until the war ended.
In December 1865, he moved to Saginaw, Michigan and found employment at a shingle mill. With his brother, Lyman W. Bliss, and J. H. Jerome, he formed A. T. Bliss & Company and engaged in the manufacture of lumber and the exploitation of lands along the Tobacco River. On March 31, 1868, he married Allaseba Morey Phelps of Solsville, New York, north of the town of Madison. That same spring the brothers bought the Jerome mill at Zilwaukee, and it became A. T. Bliss & Brother. In 1880, Bliss was one of the organizers and a director of the Citizen’s National Bank, which was reorganized into the Bank of Saginaw, and was president and director of the Saginaw County Savings Bank.
In 1882, Bliss was elected member of the Michigan Senate from Saginaw County (25th district), and during that time helped establish a soldiers' home in Grand Rapids. He was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor Russell A. Alger in 1885, with the rank of colonel, and held the same position on the staff of the commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1888.
In 1888, Bliss was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 8th congressional district to the 51st Congress, serving from March 4, 1889, to March 3, 1891. Among notable bills he introduced were for appropriating $100,000 for a federal building in Saginaw and $25,000 for an Indian school at Mt. Pleasant. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1890 to the 52nd Congress, being defeated by Democrat Henry M. Youmans.
After leaving Congress, Bliss resumed the lumber business and also engaged in banking. He was department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in Michigan in 1897.
In 1900, Bliss was elected Governor of Michigan, defeating mayor of Detroit William C. Maybury, and was re-elected in 1902, serving from 1901 through 1904. During his four years in office, the Michigan Employment Institution for the Adult Blind was established in Saginaw, a state highway department was formed, and railroad taxation was sanctioned.
Bliss died less than two years after leaving office at the age of sixty-eight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while on a visit for medical treatment. He is interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saginaw, Michigan.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Timothy E. Tarsney
| United States Representative for the 8th Congressional District of Michigan
Henry M. Youmans
Hazen S. Pingree
| Governor of Michigan
Fred M. Warner
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Events from the year 1904 in the United States.1905 in the United States
Events from the year 1905 in the United States.Alexander Maitland (Michigan politician)
Alexander Maitland (June 20, 1844 – January 1, 1929) was a lieutenant governor in the US state of Michigan from 1903 to 1906.Bliss (surname)
Bliss is a surname. Notable people with the name include:
Aaron T. Bliss (1837–1906), U.S. Representative and Governor of Michigan
A. J. Bliss (1862–1931), British iris breeder
Alexa Bliss (born 1991), ring name of American professional wrestler Alexis Kaufman
Arthur Bliss (1891–1975), British composer
Atlanta Bliss (born c. 1952), American jazz trumpeter
Baron Bliss (1869–1926), British philanthropist in British Honduras
Bliss Carman (1861–1929), Canadian poet
Brian Bliss (born 1965), American soccer defender and coach
C. D. Bliss (1870–1948), American football player and coach
Caroline Bliss (born 1961), British actress
Charles K. Bliss (1897–1985), inventor of Blissymbols
Chester Ittner Bliss (1899–1979), biologist known for his contributions to statistics
Cornelius Newton Bliss (1833–1911), American merchant and politician
Daniel Bliss (1823–1916), American founder of the American University of Beirut
Dave Bliss (born 1943), American college basketball coach
Diana Bliss (1954–2012), Australian theatre producer
Doctor Willard Bliss (1825–1889), American physician
Dorothy Bliss (1916–1987), American carcinologist
Douglas Bliss (1900–1984), Scottish painter
Duane Leroy Bliss (1835–1910), American industrialist
Ed Bliss (1912-2002), American journalist
Edward Bliss (1865-1960), American missionary to China
Eleanor Albert Bliss (1899–1987), American bacteriologist
Frank Bliss (1852-1929), American baseball player
Franklyn Bliss Snyder (1884-1958), American educator and academic
Frederick J. Bliss (1857–1939), American archaeologist
George Bliss (disambiguation), multiple people
Gilbert Ames Bliss (1876–1951), American mathematician
Harry Bliss, American cartoonist
Henry E. Bliss (1870–1955), American librarian and inventor of the Bliss classification
Henry H. Bliss (1830–1899), first person killed in a motor vehicle accident in the United States
Ian Bliss, Australian actor
James Blish (1921–1975), American author of fantasy and science fiction
Johnny Bliss (1922–1974), Australian rugby league footballer
Karen Bliss (born 1963), American cyclist
Laurie Bliss (1872–1942), American football player and coach in the United States
Lillie P. Bliss (1864–1931), American art collector and patron, founder of Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lucille Bliss (1916-2012), American actress and voice artist
Michael Bliss (born 1941), Canadian historian and award-winning author
Mike Bliss (born 1965), American NASCAR driver
Nathaniel Bliss (1700–1764), English astronomer
Philemon Bliss (1813–1889), U.S. Congressman and jurist
Philip Bliss (1838–1876), American hymn lyricist and composer
Philip Bliss (academic) (1787–1857), Registrar of the University of Oxford, etc.
Ray C. Bliss (1907–1981), one of the important national U.S
Richard Bliss, American telecommunications technician arrested in Russia on charges of espionage.
Ryan Bliss (born 1971), American digital artist
Sister Bliss (born 1970), British keyboardist, record producer, DJ, composer and songwriter
Stephen Bliss (1787–1847), American minister and politician
Sylvester Bliss (1814–1863), Millerite minister and editor
Timothy Vivian Pelham Bliss (born 1940), British neuroscientist
Thomas Bliss (born 1952), motion picture producer and executive producer
Tasker H. Bliss (1853–1930), U.S. Army officer
William Dwight Porter Bliss (1856–1926), American religious leader and activist
William Henry Bliss (1835–1911), English scholar
William Wallace Smith Bliss (1815–1853), U.S. Army Officer
Zenas Bliss (1835–1900), U.S. Army General and Medal of Honor recipientBliss Township, Michigan
Bliss Township is a civil township of Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 572. It was named after Gov. Aaron T. Bliss. Bliss Township is the location of Wilderness State Park and White Shoal Light.Fred M. Warner
Fred Maltby Warner (July 21, 1865 – April 17, 1923) was an American politician. He served as the 26th Governor of Michigan from 1905 to 1911.Henry M. Youmans
Henry Melville Youmans (May 15, 1832 – July 8, 1920) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.
Youmans was born in Otego, New York and attended the common schools. He was in the employ of the York & Erie Railroad Co. on the Susquehanna division for ten years. He moved to East Saginaw, Michigan in 1862 and engaged in the manufacture of lumber and salt from 1863 to 1878. He moved to St. Clair County in 1878 and engaged in farming and lumbering until 1884 when he returned to East Saginaw. Youmans served as mayor of East Saginaw in 1886 and 1887, and also served four terms as alderman.
In the general election of 1890, Youmans ran as the candidate of the Democratic Party and defeated incumbent Republican Aaron T. Bliss to be elected from Michigan's 8th congressional district to the 52nd United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1891 to March 3, 1893. He was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892, losing to Republican William S. Linton. He was also unsuccessful against Joseph W. Fordney in 1902.
After leaving Congress, Henry M. Youmans became a member of the Michigan Senate (22nd district) in 1896 and 1897. He engaged in agricultural pursuits in Bridgeport, Michigan until his death in Saginaw, where he was interred in Brady Hill Cemetery.Horatio Earle
Horatio Sawyer Earle (1855–1935) is known as the "Father of Good Roads" or simply Horatio "Good Roads" Earle.James C. McLaughlin
James Campbell McLaughlin (January 26, 1858 – November 29, 1932) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.
McLaughlin was born in Beardstown, Illinois. His parents, David and Isabella (Campbell) McLaughlin, had come from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1851 and settled in Beardstown. The family moved to Muskegon, Michigan, in 1864, and David became a leading attorney in Muskegon. He served on the Muskegon School Board for 25 years and was the secretary for 19 years.
McLaughlin attended the public schools of Muskegon and graduated from high school in 1876. After a preparatory course, he entered the literary department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in the fall of 1878, but did not graduate. He became an assistant to his father and later worked at a bank. In the summer of 1880, he worked as an office clerk and bookkeeper in a law office, and studied the law. He entered the law department of the University of Michigan in the fall of 1881 and graduated in 1883. In the same year, he was admitted to the bar, and joined his father's law firm in Muskegon.
After his father's death in 1891, he had his own practice until 1899, when he formed the firm, J.C. & J.A. McLaughlin, with a cousin as the junior partner. McLaughlin also succeeded to the abstract business of his father, under the name of Muskegon County Abstract Company. He was also a director of the Enterprize Foundry Company and a director and attorney for the Home Builders & Loan Association, both of Muskegon.
He served as prosecuting attorney of Muskegon County, 1887-1901. In 1901 was appointed by the Governor of Michigan Aaron T. Bliss as a member of the board of State tax commissioners and State board of assessors, on which he served until 1906. He also served at various times as chairman of the county and city Republican Party committees.
In 1906, McLaughlin was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 9th congressional district to the 60th United States Congress. He was subsequently re-elected to the twelve succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1907, until his death in 1932, just 21 days after losing the November 8 general election to Democrat Harry W. Musselwhite.
McLaughlin died in Marion, Virginia, while en route to Washington, D.C.. He is interred in Evergreen Cemetery in Muskegon, Michigan. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, the Foresters, Maccabees, and Elks.
His brother, Andrew C. McLaughlin, was a respected scholar of American history.List of Lieutenant Governors of Michigan
The Lieutenant Governor of Michigan is the second-ranking official in U.S. state of Michigan, behind the governor. The holder of this office is afforded the courtesy title of the Honorable for life.
The current lieutenant governor is Garlin Gilchrist, a Democrat, who has held the office since January 1, 2019.List of people from Saginaw, Michigan
Heidi Androl, actress, contestant on The Apprentice Season 6
Robert Armstrong, actor, star of King Kong, nephew of playwright Paul Armstrong
Sewell Avery, chairman of U.S. Gypsum Corporation and Montgomery Ward
Edward G. Begle, mathematician specializing in topology; director of the School Mathematics Study Group, credited with developing what came to be known as new math
Aaron T. Bliss, Governor of Michigan
Alfonso Boone, NFL player
Ken Brown, NFL player
Monty Brown, professional wrestler
Sophina Brown, actress
Ferdinand Brucker, US House of Representatives (1897–1899)
Wilber Marion Brucker, Governor of Michigan 1931–1933, Secretary of the Army 1955–1961
Bob Buhl, pitcher for Milwaukee Braves, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies
Jim Burba, hotel investment partner
Wellington R. Burt, wealthy industrialist
Louis Campau, pioneer who lived in Saginaw before he founded Grand Rapids
William Clemens, film director
L. Perry Cookingham, first City Manager
E. Irving Couse, artist
Bob Devaney, football coach
Frank Emerson, 15th Governor of Wyoming
Matthew Glave, actor
Draymond Green, NBA player
Harold J. Grimm, professor of history and expert on Protestant Reformation
Darvin Ham, NBA player
Robert G. Heft, designer of the current American flag
Edward Heinemann, aircraft designer responsible, wholly or in part, for 20 major military aircraft, including the A-4 Skyhawk light bomber, the F3D Skyknight night fighter and the F4D Skyray carrier-based fighter aircraft
Tory Humphrey, NFL player for Green Bay Packers
Brian d'Arcy James, musician and actor
Isham Jones, musician
Kid Lavigne, boxer, world lightweight champion 1896-99
Laurie Beebe Lewis, born Laurie Seaman, singer with Pitche Blende, The New Mamas and The Papas, and The Buckinghams
Stephen Lynch, Tony Award-nominated actor, comedian and musician
Mark Macon, NBA player
Roy Manning, NFL player
Gerald Marks, songwriter
Kenyon Martin, NBA player
Janet J. McCoy, High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
Tim McCoy, cowboy actor, member of Cowboy Hall of Fame
Terry McDaniel, NFL Pro Bowler for Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Raiders
S. Epatha Merkerson, actress (Law & Order)
William Butts Mershon, Saginaw mayor, author and businessman
Richard Mudd, grandson of Samuel Mudd
Ruth Nelson, actress
Robert Nickle, artist
Anthony Ray Parker, actor
Doug Peacock, author, grizzly bear expert, lecturers
Rose M. Poole, Oregon businesswoman and politician
Prozak, born Steven T. Shippy, rapper
Question Mark and the Mysterians, rock band
James Reed, NFL player
Jason Richardson, NBA player
Anthony Roberson, NBA player
Theodore Roethke, poet
Charles Rogers, NFL player
James St. James, TV personality and celebutante
Stuart Schweigert, NFL player
Dan Severn, mixed martial arts fighter, UFC Hall of Fame
Harry Shannon, actor, Citizen Kane
Tom Smallwood, professional ten-pin bowler and winner of the 2009 PBA World Championship
Ernest A. Snow, Michigan Supreme Court justice
Sonny Stitt, jazz musician
Deon Strother, NFL player
Sam Sword, NFL player
Dick Wagner, musician
Harry Watson, Jr., actor
Serena Williams, 7x Australian Open, 3x French Open, 7x Wimbledon, 6x U.S. Open and Olympic tennis champion
Sharrie Williams, gospel blues singer/songwriter
Stevie Wonder, singer, musician and composer, winner of 22 Grammy Awards
Lamarr Woodley, NFL player
Curt Young, MLB player and pitching coach
Clifton Ryan, NFL player
Sonny Digital, Musician
Mars Argo, (born Brittany Alexandria Sheets) singer/songwriter, ex lead singer of band Mars Argo, part of the defunct YouTube channel grocery bag.tvMichigan's 8th congressional district
Michigan's 8th congressional district is a United States congressional district in Southern Michigan and Southeast Michigan, including almost all of the state capital, Lansing. From 2003 to 2013 it consisted of all of Clinton, Ingham, and Livingston counties, and included the southern portion of Shiawassee and the northern portion of Oakland counties.
After the redistricting that resulted from the 2010 Census, the district was shifted south to no longer cover Clinton or Shiawassee counties and instead covers more of Oakland County, including Rochester.
The district was first created in 1873, after redistricting following the 1870 census.
The district's current representative is Democrat Elissa Slotkin, who defeated incumbent representative Republican Mike Bishop in November 2018.Orrin W. Robinson
Orrin Williams Robinson (August 14, 1834 – September 6, 1907) was a politician and businessman from the U.S. state of Michigan. He ran a successful logging operation in the Upper Peninsula and was elected to serve in both houses of the Michigan Legislature and two terms as the 31st Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, from 1899 to 1903 under Governors Hazen S. Pingree and Aaron T. Bliss.Timothy E. Tarsney
Timothy Edward Tarsney (February 4, 1849 – June 8, 1909) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.
Tarsney was born in Ransom, Michigan and attended the common and high schools. He worked on the Government roads in Tennessee until the close of the Civil War. When he returned to Michigan, he settled in Saginaw, where he was employed as a sawmill engineer and became a marine engineer in 1867. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1872 and was admitted to the bar the same year and commencing practice in East Saginaw. He was elected justice of the peace in 1873 and city attorney from 1875 to 1878, when he resigned. His brother, John Charles Tarsney, was a U.S. Representative from Missouri. His sister Mary E. Tarsney married Thomas A. E. Weadock who became a U.S. Representative from Michigan after her death.
In 1880, Tarsney was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the 47th United States Congress, losing to Roswell G. Horr. He was a delegate at-large to the Democratic National Convention in 1884. That year, he defeated Horr to be elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 8th congressional district to the 49th Congress. He defeated Horr again to be re-elected to the 50th Congress, serving from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1889. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1888, losing to Aaron T. Bliss.
Tarsney moved to Detroit in 1893 and resumed the practice of law. He served on the corporation counsel of Detroit from 1900 to 1908. The following year, he died at the age of sixty in Detroit and is interred in Calvary Cemetery in Saginaw, Michigan.United States congressional delegations from Michigan
These are tables of congressional delegations from Michigan to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.William C. Maybury
William Cotter Maybury (November 20, 1848 – May 6, 1909) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.
|State (since 1837)|