|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1811|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 18, 1860|
Mexican War United States Army Officer, US Congressman, 11th Illinois Governor. Born near Cooperstown, New York, and graduated in medicine at Philadelphia. Practiced medicine for a short time, then studied law. He was a representative in the state legislature of 1840. He served as Colonel of the Second Illinois Volunteers in the Mexican War, and gained distinction at the Battle of Buena Vista. He served in Congress from 1840 to 1855. While there he was challenged to a duel by Jefferson Davis; a challenge he accepted, though friends prevented the duel from taking place. After the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, Bissell left the Democratic party. In 1856 he became the first Republican Governor of Illinois, serving until his death in office in 1860.
Elizabeth Kintzing Kane Bissell (1826 - 1865)*
Rhoda E. Bissell Thomas (1844 - 1914)*
This monument to his memory, erected by the state, in gratitude for his many and various services.
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 12, Bissell Mound
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 29, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 19946
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Added: Apr. 25, 2017
Added: Mar. 18, 2017
William Bissell had a close political relationship with Abraham Lincoln. Bissell served in Congress from 1849 to 1855, not from 1840 as it says in the main text for this memorial.|
Added: Sep. 3, 2016
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