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Frederick Phelps Bissell


Frederick Phelps Bissell was born in Hebron, April 23, 1822, and received a common school education. He has pursued the business of farming, insurance, and teaching, devoting his attention to the latter during his early years. 

He was formerly connected with the state militia, holding a lieutenantís commission in an independent company. He was one of the original members of the Know Nothing party, and was actively connected with it as an organization. In 1862 he represented the town of Hebron in the house, serving on the republican side. In 1871 he was elected to the senate from the old twenty-first district. He was also judge of probate in the Hebron district for a number of years. Judge Bissell is a prominent member of St. Peterís Episcopal church in Hebron, and has been connected with it in an official capacity since 1844.  He was a vestryman until 1854, and has been one of the wardens since the latter year. He has also been the treasurer of the church for twenty-nine years. 

His wife, who is still living, was Miss Almira J. Carver, daughter of Joseph Carver, Esq., of Hebron. There is one son living. Mr. Bissell has been a public-spirited citizen through the whole of his life, and has been honored practically with every office within the gift of his town. In all of the public positions which he has held his career has been characterized by the strictest loyalty to his constituents and the state.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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