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Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Bliss, Daniel (jurist)

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BLISS, Daniel, Canadian jurist, b. in Concord, Mass., in 1740; d. in Lincoln, New Brunswick, in 1806. He was graduated at Harvard in 1760, and was one of the barristers and attorneys that were addressers of Gov. Hutchinson in 1774. He was proscribed under the act of 1778, joined the British army, and was appointed commissary. Soon after the revolution he removed to New Brunswick, and became a member of the provincial council, and chief justice of the court of common pleas.—His son, John Murray, jurist, b. in Massachusetts in 1771; d. in St. John, New Brunswick, in August, 1834. He settled in New Brunswick in 1786, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and represented the county of York in the house of assembly. In 1816 he was elevated to the bench and to a seat in his majesty's council. On the decease, in 1824, of Ward Chipman, who was president and commander-in-chief of the colony, Judge Bliss administered the government until the arrival of Sir Howard Douglas, a period of nearly a year. He was a judge of the supreme court, and was the senior justice at the time of his death.