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Dr Doctor Willard Bliss
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Birth: Apr. 10, 1825
Brutus
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 1889
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

He was the son of Obadiah Bliss and Marilla Pool Bliss. In 1850, he married Sophia Prentiss.

New York Daily Tribune
Friday, February 22, 1889
Dr. D. Willard Bliss
Washington, February 21 (Special).
Dr. D. Willard Bliss, the physician who obtained a wide reputation while in attendance on President Garfield during the memorial summer of 1881, died from a paralytic stroke this morning at 7:15 oíclock. The funeral will take place on Sunday.

Dr. Bliss was born on August 10, 1825, at Auburn, New York. His parents named him Doctor Willard Bliss, in honor of the physician who assisted at his birth. Shortly after he attained his majority he moved to the Western Reserve of Ohio and engaged in the study of medicine. He took a course of medicine and was graduated at a Cleveland medical college and in 1850 he was wedded to Miss Sophia Prentiss, daughter of a Baptist clergyman. In 1851 he moved to Iona, Michigan and a year later to Grand Rapids, where he made quite a reputation as a surgeon. At the outbreak of the war he was appointed Surgeon of the 3d Michigan Volunteers and was afterward made Brigade Surgeon under General Phil Kearny. He was assigned to duty in Washington early in the war and the Armory Square Hospital was built under his direction. He was placed in charge of this institution and remained until the close of the war. Afterward he was placed at the head of the Health Department of Washington. He was recommended for appointment to the Office of Surgeon General in 1863, to succeed Dr. Hammond, but that honor was conferred upon Dr. Barnes. A few years after the war Dr. Bliss came to prominence as the advocate of cundurango, a South American herb, as a cancer cure, having heard of its merits through Schuyler Colfax, whose mother-in-law had tried that specific with good results. Mr. Colfax himself had been one of Dr. Blissís patients and always felt that he owed his life to this physician. The late Oliver Morton, the famous War Governor and Senator of Indiana, was another of his famous patrons. Dr. Bliss attracted much wide attention in 1881, when, upon the assassination of President Garfield, he was called to take charge of the case. Surgeon General Barnes, Dr. Hamilton, of New York, Dr. Agnew, of Philadelphia and other eminent physicians were associated with him during the next three months. Dr. Bliss was also present at the death of Abraham Lincoln, having been one of the surgeons summoned to care for the murdered Emancipator. Dr. Blissís service in the Garfield case seriously impaired his health and since then he had several serious attacks. He resumed his practice and was actively engaged up to a few weeks ago. The bill presented by Dr. Bliss for his services in the Garfield case was cut down by Controller Lawrence and the Doctor refused to accept the amount. There is a bill pending in Congress now to pay Dr. Bliss for his services in the case. 
 
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 Parents:
  Obadiah Bliss (1792 - 1863)
  Marilla Pool Bliss (1801 - 1857)
 
 Spouse:
  Sophia Prentiss Bliss (1825 - 1887)
 
 Children:
  Ellis Baker Bliss (1850 - 1919)*
  Clara Bliss Finley (1852 - 1940)*
  Willard Prentiss Bliss (1854 - 1856)*
  Eugenie Prentiss Bliss Milburn (1855 - 1901)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Newton Bliss (1815 - 1859)*
  Milton Bliss (1822 - 1878)*
  Doctor Willard Bliss (1825 - 1889)
  Marana Bliss Burroughs (1829 - 1870)*
  Zenas E Bliss (1832 - 1877)*
  Sarepta M. Bliss Wenham (1835 - 1914)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rock Creek Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Section A, Lot 137, Site 11.
 
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Record added: Aug 07, 2009
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