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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1875

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

Tasker Howardº Bliss

(Ap'd Pa.)


Tasker Howard Bliss, Born Dec. 31, 1853, Lewisburg, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1871, to June 16, 1875, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 16, 1875.

Served: in garrison at Savannah, Ga., Oct. 1 to Dec. 4, 1875, — and Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y., Dec. 9, 1875, to Sep. 13, 1876; at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of French, Sep. 14, 1876, to Aug. 28, 1880, — and Assistant Instructor of Artillery Tactics, Sep. 30, 1876, to Mar. 30, 1878; in garrison at Ft. Trumbull, Ct., to Nov. 10, 1881,

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1880)

 p241  — Point San José, Cal., to July 31, 1882, — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), to Sep. 1, 1885, being Adjutant of the School, May 1, 1884, to Sep. 1, 1885, and Recorder of Board on Interior Water-ways in aid of the Defense of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, May 25 to Sep., 1884; as Instructor at the Naval War College at Newport, R. I., Sep. 3, 1885 (collecting information at the Military Schools of England, France, and Germany, Oct. 31, 1885, to July 10, 1886), to May 15, 1888; and as Aide-de‑Camp to the General-in‑Chief, Inspector of Artillery, and Small Arms Target Practice at the Headquarters of the Army, May 16, 1888, to –––––.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Aide-de‑camp to General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Schofield, May 16, 1888

(Captain, Staff — Commissary of Subsistence, Dec. 20, 1892)

to Sept. 25, 1895. — Special duty in the office of the Secretary of War to March 3, 1897. — Quartermaster and Commissary at Fort Monroe to ––––– 1,º 1897. — Ordered to Madrid, Spain, as Military Attaché to the United States Legation. — Left Madrid, Spain, April 21, 1898, on declaration of war between that country and the United States;

(Major, Staff — Commissary of Subsistence, April 30, 1898)

(Lieut.‑Colonel and Chief Commissary of Subsistence,
U. S. Volunteers, May 9, 1898)

Chief Commissary, 6th Army Corps, May 23, 1898; at Camp George H. Thomas, Chickamauga, Ga., to July 5; at Charleston, S. C., under orders to Santiago, Cuba, to July 20. — Puerto Rico to Sept. 8, 1898. — New York during service in 6th Corps and 1st Division of 1st Corps, serving as Chief of Staff to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.James H. Wilson. — Appointed member of Board of officers to select camp sites in Cuba, Oct. 4, 1898. — Relieved from said Board Nov. 7, 1898, and ordered to report to Major-General James H. Wilson, commanding 1st Army Corps as Chief Commissary of that corps, at Macon, Ga. — Relieved from duty as Chief Commissary, 1st Army Corps, Dec. 15, 1898, and ordered to proceed to Havana, Cuba, as Collector of Customs for the Island of Cuba and for the port of Havana. — On this duty to ––––

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service,
June 13, 1899)

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Jan. 1, 1899 to May 20, 1902, Chief of the Cuban Customs Service and Collector of Customs for the Port of Havana; in 1901, President of Commission to revise Cuban Tariff.

(Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, July 21, 1902)

— Appointed member War College Board; Special Envoy to Cuba, Nov. and Dec., 1902, to negotiate Reciprocity Treaty; treaty ratified, Dec. 17, 1903; appointed member of the General Staff, Aug. 15, 1903; Chief of 3d Division of the General Staff and President of the Army War College; ordered to Philippine Islands, June 7, 1905, in command of the Department of Luzon; ordered, Jan. 9, 1906, to command the Department of Mindanao and appointed Governor of the Moro Province. While still Governor of the Moro Province, ordered to command the Philippines Division, Dec. 14, 1908; relinquished command of the Department of Mindanao and Governorship of the Moro Province, April 1, 1909, and of the Philippines Division, April 6, 1909; after a month's travel in China and Manchuria, returned to the United States, June 19, 1909; member of the General Staff and President of the Army War College, June 19, 1909 to –––––; commanding "Red Army" in maneuvers in Massachusetts, Aug., 1909.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born Dec. 31, 1853.)

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., July 21, 1902.

At Washington, D. C., member of General Staff and President of Army War College, June 19, 1909, to Aug. 12, 1910, when he was relieved from General Staff; at San Francisco, Cal., commanding Department of California, Aug. 19, 1910, to July 29, 1911; at Fort Totten, N. Y., commanding Department of the East, Aug. 13, 1911, to Jan. 27, 1913; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, commanding Southern Department, Feb. 26, 1913, to Feb. 15, 1915, when he was detailed in the General Staff; at Washington, D. C., Assistant Chief of Staff, Feb. 18, 1915, to

(Major‑General, U. S. A., Nov. 20, 1915)

Sept. 21, 1916, and Chief of Staff, Sept. 22, 1916, to

(General, Oct. 6, 1917)

Dec. 31, 1917.

General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 31, 1917,
By Operation of Law.

Assigned to active duty Jan. 1, 1918; at Washington, D. C., Chief of Staff, Jan. 1‑9, 1918; en route to France to Jan. 23, 1918; at Versailles, Member, American Section, Supreme War Council, Jan. 24, 1918, to —

 p200  Awarded

Distinguished Service Medal

"For his most exceptional services as Assistant Chief of Staff, acting Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff of the United States Army, in which important positions his administrative ability and professional attainments were of great value to our armies. As chief of the American section of the Supreme War Council he has taken an important part in the shaping of the policies that have brought victory to our cause."

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

General, (Emergency), Oct. 6, 1917.

General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 31, 1917,
By Operation of Law.

Assigned to active duty Jan. 1, 1918; at Washington, D. C., Chief of Staff, Jan. 1‑9, 1918; en route to France to Jan. 23, 1918; at Versailles, American Permanent Military Representative, Supreme War Council, Nov. 17, 1917, to

(Relieved as Chief of Staff, May 19, 1918.)

Returned to Grade of Major-General, May 19, 1918

Brevet General, U. S. A., May 20, 1918

Dec. 10, 1919; Plenipotentiary at Paris Peace Conference, Nov., 1918 to Dec. 10, 1919; Governor U. S. Soldiers Home, May 1, 1920 to May 1, 1927.

General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Awarded Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George, English; The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan; Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, French; Grand Cordon of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus of Italy; the Italian War Cross; the Order of La Solidaridad of Panama; Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown, Belgium; Order of Polonia Restituta, 2nd Class (Poland); the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Golden Grain (Chinese); Order of Saint Sava, 1st Class (Jugo-Slavia).

Civil History. — Received the following honorary degrees: LL. D., Bucknell University, 1916; LL. D., Western Reserve University, 1923; LL. D., Harvard University, 1927; Member of Council on Foreign Relations; Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Magazine "Foreign Affairs"; President of American Jugo Slav Society; member of Woodrow Wilson Foundation; member of the American Foundation.

Died, Nov. 9, 1930, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 76.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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