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Cornelius Newton Bliss

  • Birth 26 Jan 1833 Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 9 Oct 1911 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 121, Wintergreen Plot
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  • Memorial ID 7255394

Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Born in Fall River, Massacusetts, he was a merchant and partner in a prominent Boston, Massachusetts commercial house before he moved to New York City, New York in 1874. By 1881, his firm, Bliss, Fabyan and Company, became one of the largest wholesale dry-goods houses in the country. He was an advocate of protective tarriffs and was one of the organizers of the American Protective Tarriff League. He was also active in politics and served as the chairman of the Republican state committee (1887 to 1888), plus treasurer of the Republican National Committee 1892 to 1904. In 1897, President William McKinley appointed him United States Secretary of the Interior. He served until 1899 and in 1900, he was invited to stand as President McKinley's vice president, but refused the offer and resigned. He returned to his wholesale interests in New York City until his death from heart disease at age 78.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 11 Mar 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7255394
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelius Newton Bliss (26 Jan 1833–9 Oct 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7255394, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .