Biography - Charles Bliss

Charles W. BLISS, attorney, Hillsboro, was born in Montgomery County, January 8, 1846, to Rev. Alfred BLISS of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a native of Bradford, Vt., where he was born in 1811, to Seth BLISS, a farmer, who died in Vermont. The son came early to this county, and engaged in farming, but subsequently entered the ministry. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Jerusha STRONG. She is the mother of eight children, five of whom are now living - Eliza A., wife of James I. MOODY, a farmer of Fillmore Township; Celesta J., wife of E. C. DEVORE, a lawyer of Seymour, Ind.; George A., a hardware merchant at Nokomis; Alice, deceased wife of Lyman C. ALLEN, a farmer of Fillmore Township. She left three children - Charles W., Nellie J., wife of John C. WHITE, a lawyer at Effingham, Ill. Our subject worked on the farm and attended the common schools, and graduated from McKendree College, at Lebanon, in June, 1869. He then taught school and read law with Irwin & Krone, of Edwardsville, Ill. He was admitted in the fall of 1871, and located in Hillsboro, where he has become one of the leading young attorneys at the Montgomery County bar. He was married, October 15, 1872, to Elizabeth W. PHILLIPS, a niece of Judge J. J. PHILLPS, and daughter of Burrel PHILLIPS, a stock dealer of Montgomery County. By her he has two children - Noi Celecta and Clinton. He has been City Attorney several terms, and his political tenets Republican. He is a Royal Arch Mason, in which fraternity he has held numerous offices, and with his family belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 97.

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