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BISHOP, William Darius, commissioner of the patent-office, born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, 14 September 1827. lie was graduated at Yale in 1849, studied law, and engaged in railroad enterprises, becoming president of the Naugatuck railroad company. In 1856 he was elected a delegate to congress from Connecticut, and was chairman of the committee on manufactures. On 23 May 1859, he was appointed commissioner of patents, but resigned that office in January 1860. He was elected for the second time to the Connecticut legislature in 1866, and subsequently held important state offices. He was for a time president of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford railroad County, residing in Bridgeport, Connecticut
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