Apr. 25, 1811 Hartwick Otsego County New York, USA
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.