Horatio BISBEE, Jr., Congress, FL (1839-1916)


BISBEE, Horatio, Jr., a Representative from Florida; born in Canton, Oxford County, Maine, May 1, 1839; attended the public schools, and was graduated from Tufts College, Medford, Mass., in 1863; during the Civil War served as a private for three months in the Fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry; mustered out the middle of July 1861; appointed captain in the Ninth Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, in September 1861; promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and afterwards to the rank of colonel; honorably mustered out of the service with the latter rank in March 1863; moved to Illinois in 1863; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Chicago in 1864 and commenced practice in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1865; United States attorney for the northern district of Florida 1869-1873 and for a short period filled the office of attorney general of the State; presented credentials as a Republican Member-elect to the Forty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1877, to February 20, 1879, when he was succeeded by Jesse J. Finley, who contested the election; successfully contested the election of Noble A. Hull to the Forty-sixth Congress and served from January 22, 1881, to March 3, 1881; successfully contested the election of Jesse J. Finley to the Forty-seventh Congress and served from June 1, 1882, to March 3, 1883; reelected to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Dixfield, Oxford County, Maine, March 27, 1916; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.


Klingman, Peter D. “Inside the Ring: Bisbee-Lee Correspondence, February-April 1880.” Florida Historical Quarterly 57 (October 1978): 187-204.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present