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Cornelius Newton Bliss (January 26, 1833October 9, 1911) was an Americanmarker merchant and politician.

Cornelius Bliss was born at Fall River, Massachusettsmarker. He was educated in his native city and in New Orleansmarker, where he early entered his stepfather's counting house. Returning to Massachusettsmarker in 1849, he became a clerk and subsequently a junior partner in a prominent Bostonmarker commercial house. Later he moved to New York Citymarker to establish a branch of the firm. The firm, originally Wright & Whitman, in 1874 became Wright, Bliss & Fabyan upon the death of the senior partner, Mr. John S. Wright. On the death in 1881 of Mr. Eben Wright, the firm became Bliss, Fabyan & Co., under which name it continued until well into the 20th Century. Bliss, Fabyan & Co. was one of the largest wholesale dry-goods houses in the country. A consistent advocate of the protective tariff, he was one of the organizers and for many years president of the American Protective Tariff League. In politics an active Republican, he was chairman of the Republican state committee in 1887 and 1888, and contributed much to the success of the Harrison ticket in New York in the latter year. He was treasurer of the Republican National Committee from 1892 to 1904.He turned down the offer of becoming United States Secretary of the Treasury under President McKinley but he served as United States Secretary of the Interior in President William McKinley's cabinet from 1897 to 1899.In 1900 he was invited to stand as President McKinley's vice-president. He refused the offer. The following year McKinley was assassinated and Roosevelt (who did accept the offer) became President.


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