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BISSELL, Simon B., naval officer, born in Vermont, 28 October 1808; died in Paris, France, 18 February 1883. He became a midshipman in the United States navy 6 November 1824, and was promoted to be a lieutenant 9 December 1837; commander, 14 September 1855; captain, 16 July 1862: commodore, 10 October 1866. He was attached to the sloop "Albany" during the war with Mexico, and was present at the siege of Vera Cruz. He commanded the sloop "Cyane," Pacific squadron, in 1861-'2; was on duty in the navy yard at Mare island, California, in 1863-'4; commanded the sloop-of-war "Monongahela" in 1866-'7 ; was on special service in 1869; and was placed on the retired list on 1 March 1870.
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