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 George Henry Bissell

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George Henry Bissell

Birth
Death 19 Nov 1884 (aged 63)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 85166831 View Source
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Prepared for college in the Hanover schools and enter Norwich University in 1836, remaining three years; graduated from Dartmouth College in 1845.

He was professor of languages at NU for a few months in 1845; was the Washington, DC, correspondent of the Richmond Whig (1845-46); traveled in the West Indies in 1846; was principal of schools in New Orleans, LA (1846-48), and superintendent of schools (1848-53); associate editor of the New Orleans Delta and Crescent, 1840-50. He studied law with Charles M Emerson in New Orleans (1849-50) and graduated LL.B. from Jefferson College, MS in 1851. He removed to New York City in 1853, and practiced law there during 1853-59; was admitted to practice before the US Courts in 1855.

In 1853 he bought a large tract of land in the oil region of Pennsylvania and was the first to recognize the value of petroleum as an article of commerce, and was the first to refine oil for general use. He organized, in 1845, the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, in New York City, the first company of the kind in America and served as its first president for several years. He removed to Oil City, PA in 1859 and in 1863 returned to NYC where he resided until his death; was the senior partner in the firm of George H Bissell & Co, brokers, Oil City, PA.

Children:
- Pelham St George Bissell (1858-)
- Florence Winple Bissell
Source:
- Norwich University, 1819-1911; her history, her graduates, her roll of honor edited by William Arba Ellis


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