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BLISS, George, lawyer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, 16 November 1793; died there, 19 April 1873. He was graduated at Yale in 1813, studied law under his father, was admitted to the bar, and entered upon practice at Monson, Massachusetts, where he remained for seven years. He then returned to Springfield, and formed a law partnership with Jonathan Dwight, Jr., and in 1827 was elected to the lower branch of the legislature. He served for three successive terms, and also in 1853, when he was elected speaker. In 1835 he was elected president of the state senate. His attention was subsequently occupied with the completion of the Western railroad between Worcester and Albany, and prior to 1846 he was president of the road. After retiring from this office he spent some time in travel abroad, and on his return again interested himself in railroad enterprises, chiefly in the western states, in conducting which he gained a wide reputation. From May 1860, until his death he lived in retirement at Springfield.
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