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Gen Albert Webb Bishop
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Birth: Jan. 8, 1832
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1901
Erie County
New York, USA

Veteran: Civil War (USA)

h/o 1st Maria Lodvisk Woodward, 2nd, 1st h/o Catherine "Kate" Compton.

Birth: in Alden, Erie county, New York

Catalogue of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity [1910] - Page 94 provides a seemingly complete, detailed time line of his life.

Census: 1860, age 28 Buffalo, Erie county, New York with mother and 6 month old daughter.

An Erie county, New York attorney, Yale graduate, who served in Union army, reportedly once commander of Fort Smith in Sebastian county of Arkansas, following it being retaken September 1863 by Union forces, he ending as a Brigadier General, became Arkansas' adjutant general 1864-1868, in 1872 was one of eleven board of trustees for newly created public university, teaching during its earliest of years, 1873 found as a partner of the Arkansas Industrial University (wife's uncle), Martin & Bishop, Little Rock law firm, then August 1873 appointed as the first permanent president of Arkansas Industrial University Fayetteville, Washington county, Arkansas, Arkansas' first public institution of higher learning, serving till June 1875, then Gates took over again.

Albert W. Bishop, Lieutenant Colonel, Aug. 21, 1861. Promoted from captain of company B, 2d Wisconsin cavalry, July 10, 1862, to fill original vacancy; mustered out February 22, 1865, to accept commission

Two record items of Gen Bishop worthy of review:

Loyalty on the frontier : or Sketches of Union men of the South-west; with incidents and adventures in rebellion on the border / By A. W. Bishop. (St. Louis : R. P. Studley, Printers, 1863) , by Albert Webb Bishop (page images at HathiTrust)

An oration delivered at Fayettville, Arkansas, by Brig.-Gen. Albert W. Bishop...July 4, 1865. (New York, Baker & Godwin, printers, 1865) , by Albert Webb Bishop (page images at HathiTrust)

Census: 1870, age 38 Little Rock, Pulaski county, Arkansas with daughter, mother, and apparent older brother.

When Arkansas Industrial University was established in 1871, Albert W. Bishop was appointed one of its trustees and also named treasurer of the university.

My New Hampshire cohort found, among many other items of interest, a 1873 newspaper article with much historic information concerning General Bishop's professional life, lacking facts of his personal life, also found copied, April 14, 1874 The College Courant, Volume 14, to wit:

Little Rock Daily Republican (Little Rock, AR)
Monday, November 24 1873: Issue 195; Col A

Honors Worthily Bestowed

It tells of Union General Albert Webb Bishop's appointment by Governor Baxter as president of Arkansas Industrial University, and that of Confederate General Nicholas Bartlett Pearce to civil engineering and mathematics departments both departments under the most able, Colonel Oliver Crosby Gray. Article expounds upon most that Bishop had heretofore achieved, such as his graduation from Yale in 1853, attaining his law shingle November 1856, hanging it out at Buffalo, Erie county, New York until August 1860 when he removed to La Crosse, La Crosse county, Wisconsin [first wife, presumed daughter of party he studied law under, reportedly died, 1860]. He entered the Union army, after 1867 was appointed register in bankruptcy for the Second district of Arkansas and August 1873 to the presidency of the university. He was active as a member of the first Board of Trustes of the Deaf Mute Institute and other state educational organizations.

General Bishop, who would soon embark upon a two-year term (1873-75) as [first permanent] president of the fledgling "Arkansas Industrial University," waxed enthusiastic over its prospects for the years ahead. He foresaw an especially promising outlook for the training of teachers.

Story from Harrison Hale's The University of Arkansas: 1871 - 1848: "Students were under rigid control and not permitted to leave their rooms after 7 p.m. One dark night a group gathered illegally near the bridge over the swollen stream flowing near what is now the corner of Dickson and West Streets [February 1877, that land on north side of Dickson west from West avenue was purchased by Col O C & Virginia L Gray, eastern portion deeded to the "Frisco"]. Two boards were carefully removed from the center of the bridge. Then, in some way, the president was informed that students were in violation of the rule. When he made an effort to catch and identify them, they ran over the bridge, jumping over the space where they knew the boards had been removed. When the president [Gen Bishop] followed, he dropped through the bridge and into the water below."

1875, was among the Who's Who of Little Rock when Honorable Mayor John G Fletcher welcomed a train load of visitors to the town around 29th of September.

Census: 1900, age 68 Buffalo, Erie county, New York, widowed, a lawyer, boarding.

Death: in Buffalo, Erie county, New York, burial location currently unknown.

Father: Alben Bishop.
Mother: Emily Matilda Webb b: about 1808 in New York.

Marriage 1 Maria Lodvisk Woodward b: 17 FEB 1835 South Bainbridge, Chenango county, New York.
Married: 15 SEP 1857 Courtland, Courtland county, New York

Known Child

Maria Woodward Bishop b: 3 JAN 1860 Buffalo, Erie county, New York.

Marriage 2 Catherine "Kate" Compton b: 1847, Greene county, Tennessee.
Married: 21 JUN 1871, Litte Rock, Pulaski county, Arkansas
Virginia L Gray assisted in preparing her for her wedding and housed the bride

Unknown, but doubt, if there were issues, none appearing on Federal census of 1880. Also not documented but believed to have divorced before her second marriage in 1886.

Last revised: 09/07/2013.
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  Catherine Compton Fleming (1847 - ____)
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