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Zenas Work Bliss
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1867
Johnston
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Jan. 10, 1957
Cranston
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

There are two birth records for Zenas Bliss in Rhode Island,
and both can't be right? His parents were in Texas when he was born, and the article at right states he was born in Texas.

"Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914
Name: Zenas Bliss
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 10 Jan 1866
Birthplace: Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island
Father's Name: Zenas Bliss
Mother's Name: Martha N.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I02143-7
System Origin: Rhode Island-EASy
Source Film Number: 1822429
Reference Number: Item 1, p240

Name: Zenas Bliss
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 10 Jan 1867
Birthplace: Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island
Father's Name: Zenas R. Bliss
Mother's Name: Martha
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I09386-0
System Origin: Rhode Island-EASy
Source Film Number: 940847
Reference Number: 441

Married:
26 Oct 1892,
Cranston, Providence Co., Rhode Island
Lydia Collins Kelly

Hon. Z. W. Bliss Rites in Rhode Is.

Word was received in Comfort(Texas) Friday of the death of the Hon. Z.W. Bliss, at his residence in Providence, R.I., on Thursday, January 10, his 90th birthday.

He had been hospitalized for a few weeks, but had rallied and returned to his home a few days prior to his death.

Funeral services were held Saturday at noon at the Swan Point Chapel and burial was in the family plot at Swan Point Cemetery.

Born January 10, 1867, a son of Maj. Gen. Zenas R. and Martha N. Work Bliss, he was a graduate of MIT, in 1889; received an honorary Masters degree in Arts from Brown University in 1816, and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Rhode Island State College in 1919, which is now the University of Rhode Island. The engineering building on the University's campus is named Bliss Hall in his honor.

Mr. Bliss was lieutenant-governor of Rhode Island from 1910 to 1912, and headed the old Board of Tax Commissioners from 1912 to 1935. Considered one of the country's leading authorities on municipal and federal taxation, in 1927 he was asked to become a tax expert for the congressional joint committee on internal revenue taxation. He declined the appointment, because he felt it would take him away from his duties in his state.

Mr. Bliss is survived by a son, Zenas R. Bliss, professor of engineering at Brown University, two grandsons, a great grandson, and a sister, Mrs. Alice I.B. Massey of Providence.

Mrs. Bliss died in 1950 in Boerne while visiting Mrs. Massey.

Mr. and Mrs. Bliss spent many winters in Boerne(Texas) with Mrs. Massey and made a host of friends in Kendall County, who will be sorry to learn of this eminent man's death, who during his long life contributed so much to the well-being of his state and nation.

These friends are joined by The News in extending sympathy to his family.


 (bio by: C. Bradshaw) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Zenas Randall Bliss (1835 - 1900)
  Martha Nancy Work Bliss (1840 - 1919)
 
 Spouse:
  Lydia Collins Kelley Bliss (1869 - 1950)*
 
 Children:
  Zenas Randall Bliss (1898 - 1993)*
 
 Sibling:
  Zenas Work Bliss (1867 - 1957)
  Alice Ingoldsby Bliss Massey (1879 - 1980)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Swan Point Cemetery
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
 
Created by: Gregory Speciale
Record added: Jan 12, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10316887
Zenas Work Bliss
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Zenas Work Bliss
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Zenas Work Bliss
Added by: C. Bradshaw
 
 
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