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William Henry Bissell
Birth: Apr. 25, 1811
Hartwick
Otsego County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1860
Springfield
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA

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. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Kintzing Kane Bissell (1826 - 1865)*
 
 Children:
  Rhoda E. Bissell Thomas (1844 - 1914)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
This monument to his memory, erected by the state, in gratitude for his many and various services.
 
Burial:
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Springfield
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 12, Bissell Mound
 
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Record added: Jan 29, 2001
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