Born: 1813-11-04 Sussex County, New Jersey
Died: 1890-01-27 Chicago, Illinois
Flourished: Chicago, Illinois
William Bross was a journalist, politician, Presbyterian and Republican. He attended Milford Academy in Pennsylvania and after graduating from Williams College in 1838, he taught school for ten years. In May 1848, he moved to Chicago and became a partner in the book-selling firm of Griggs, Bross & Company, withdrawing from the firm at the end of the year. Bross then began publishing the
Bross married Mary E. Jansen in 1839 and the couple had eight children. By 1860, Bross had amassed real estate valued at $10,000 and a personal estate worth $5,000.
James Grant Wilson and John Fiske, eds., “Bross, William,” Appletons’ Cyclopaedia of American Biography (New York: D. Appleton, 1887-1889), 1:391; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Ward 1, Chicago, Cook County, IL, 87; The Chicago Tribune (IL), 28 January 1890, 1:5-6; Gravestone, Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, IL.