Tasker Howard Bliss – General, United States Army

Born at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, December 31, 1853, he served for more than 42 years in the Army, participating in four campaigns and reaching the rank of General and serving as Chief of Staff and Commanding General of the Army.

Prior to becoming the Commanding General, he served mainly in staff and school assignments. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he was Military Attache in Madrid. He returned to participate in that war in both Cuba and Puerto Rico and later was Department Commander of the Philippines. At the end of 1917, when he had reached the mandatory retirement age of 64, he was kept on active duty by order of President Woodrow Wilson. In May 1918 he was appointed U.S. Military Representative to the Allied Supreme War Council and later was a delegate to the Versailles Peace Conference. He also served as Governor of the Soldiers Home until 1927 when he finally left active service.

He died in Washington, D.C. on November 9, 1930 and was buried in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery, where he lies among other family members.

Widow of Army Chief of Staff in World War Was 83

WASHINGTON, October 1, 1936 – Mrs. Eleanora Bliss, widow of General Tasker H. Bliss, Army Chief of Staff during the World War, died yesterday in Walter Reed Hospital.  She was 83 years old.  Death was attributed to shock resulting from a hip fracture received by Mrs. Bliss in a fall at her home more than a week ago.

She was a native of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  Surviving ares her son, Colonel Edward Goring Bliss; a daughter, Mrs. Adolph Knopf of New Haven, Connecticut, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Goring Bliss.

A private funeral will be held tomorrow in the Fort Myer chapel with burial in Arlington National Cemetery.


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