William D. Bishop

William Darius Bishop ( born September 14, 1827 in Bloomfield, New Jersey, † February 4, 1904 in Bridgeport, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1857 and 1859 he represented the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After primary school, sat William Bishop until 1849 at Yale College in his training. He then studied law. Despite his admission to the bar he has not worked as a lawyer. Instead, he went on to the railway companies of his father. This included the construction of major new routes that would connect the states of Connecticut and New York. Bishop was the founder of the Eastern Railroad Association, as its president, he served until his death.

Politically Bishop was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1856 he was in the fourth electoral district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William W. Welch on March 4, 1857. But since he 1858 the Republicans Orris S. Ferry defeated in the elections of the year, he was able to complete up to March 3, 1859 only one term in Congress, which was shaped by the events leading up to the Civil War. During his time in Congress, Bishop was Chairman of the Crafts Committee.

Between May 1859 and January 1860 Bishop officer was for the patent system ( Commissioner of Patents ). After that, he was first vice president and later president of the railway company, New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. In the years 1866 and 1871, he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Connecticut; 1877 to 1878 he was a member of the State Senate. William Bishop died on February 4, 1904 in Bridgeport.