Biography of Herbert P. Bissell


Bissell, Herbert P., Buffalo, son of Amos A. and Amelia S. (Wilsey) Bissell, was born in New London, Oneida county, N. Y., August 30, 1856, and at the age of eight removed with his parents to Lockport, N. Y., where he attended the public schools for four years. His father subsequently became a prominent forwarding merchant in Buffalo. Mr. Bissell was graduated from De Veaux College in 1873, and afterwards visited Germany, attended the public schools for two years, and entering Harvard College was graduated from that institution with the degree of B. A. in 1880. He then came to Buffalo, read law with Laning, McMillan & Gluck, and was admitted to the bar in April, 1883. In January, 1887, he became a member of the law firm of Bissell, Sicard, Bissell & Carey. of which ex-Postmaster-General Wilson S. Bissell was the head. In March, 1897, he formed a co-partnership with J. Henry Metcalf, which still continues under the style of Bissell & Metcalf. Mr. Bissell is chairman of the Board of Real Estate of the Buffalo Library, a trustee of De Veaux College. and secretary and counsel for the Niagara Falls and Lewiston Electric Railway (the "Great Gorge Route") the Buffalo Traction Company, and, the Buffalo and Depew Railway Company. He is also counsel for several other large corporations. and a member of the Buffalo, Saturn, University, Liberal, and Ellicott Clubs. He is not only a lawyer of ability, but has been prominent and active in politics since 1884. He was one of the leading organizers of the Cleveland Democracy of Buffalo and served three terms as its president, and was the Democratic candidate for State senator in 1885 and for district attorney in 1892. October 30, 1883, he married Miss Lucy Coffey, of Brooklyn, N. Y., and their children are Mary R., Harriet A. and Lucy A.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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