Philemon Bliss

Philemon Bliss ( born July 28, 1813 in Canton, Connecticut; † August 25, 1889 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1855 and 1859 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Philemon Bliss attended Fairfield Academy and Hamilton College. After studying law and his 1840 was admitted to the bar he began to work in this profession in Cuyahoga Falls ( Ohio). Later he transferred his residence and his law firm after Elyria. Between 1848 and 1851 he was a judge in the 14th Judicial District of the State of. Politically he was first a member of the short-lived opposition party. Since 1857 he was a member of the Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1854 Bliss was in the 14th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrats Harvey H. Johnson on March 4, 1855. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1859 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events leading up to the Civil War. In 1858 he gave up another candidacy.

Between 1861 and 1868 was Philemon Bliss Chief Justice ( Chief Justice ) in the Dakota Territory; 1868 to 1872 he was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri. Since 1872 until his death he was Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Missouri in Columbia. He died on 25 August 1889 in Saint Paul and was buried in Columbia.