Wilson S. Bissell

Wilson S. Bissell
5th Chancellor of the University of Buffalo
In office
Preceded by James O. Putnam
Succeeded by Charles P. Norton
36th United States Postmaster General
In office
March 6, 1893  March 1, 1895
President Grover Cleveland
Preceded by John Wanamaker
Succeeded by William L. Wilson
Personal details
Born December 31, 1847
New London, New York, USA
Died October 6, 1903 (aged 55)
Buffalo, New York, USA
Political party Democratic Party
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Wilson Shannon Bissell (December 31, 1847 New London, Oneida County, New York – October 6, 1903 Buffalo, New York) was an American politician from New York.

He graduated from Yale University in 1869 and was a member of Skull and Bones.[1]:489

From 1873 to 1882 he was a law partner of future President Grover Cleveland. Bissell entered Democratic Party politics as a candidate for Presidential Elector in 1888. He served as Postmaster General under Cleveland from 1893 to 1895. In 1896 he was a delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention.[2]

Apgar's Corners in Tewksbury Township, New Jersey was renamed in 1893 to the village of Bissell in an effort to sway him into ordering that a post office be created in the settlement. A small post office building (no longer in existence) was established soon thereafter.[3]


  1. Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society, vol. 7, 1904
  2. Wilson S. Bissell, United States Postmaster
  3. Stevenson, R.P; Potter, M., Oldtime Days In Mountainville, and Surrounding Towns, (1990), pp.92
Political offices
Preceded by
John Wanamaker
United States Postmaster General
Served under: Grover Cleveland

1893 1895
Succeeded by
William L. Wilson
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