George T. Bisel Company
has been continuously serving the Pennsylvania legal profession
. Our company was established in Philadelphia in 1876 by William
Felix Bisel (b.1847), an attorney, who also served as a private in the 1863 26th Pennsylvania Militia during the Civil War. In 1877 he was
joined by his 18 year-old brother, George (b.1859). The Bisel brothers and family were from Turbotville Borough, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. In the early days of the business they sold law
blanks and stationery. William Bisel died on June 8th, 1881 at age 34 leaving the humble enterprise for George to carry on.
Mr. Bisel traveled throughout Pennsylvania calling on lawyers and
judges with a product line that included law blanks, stationery, pen points, ink
and pencils, since stationery stores as we know them today were not
widely available outside the big cities. In time, used law books were
added to the line, and this paved the way for us to develop our own
line of new publications.
Modest quarters were rented in Philadelphia at Sixth and Walnut
Streets, followed by moves to several locations in the 700 block of
Sansom Street, which was near the old Court House on Independence
Square. Since that time that block developed into the famed "Jeweler's
Row" of today. During this period, Mr. Bisel began publishing new
Pennsylvania legal publications, including predecessors of what later
became major Pennsylvania reference and practice sets, such as
Purdon's Pa. Digest, Dunlap's Book of Forms and Troubat & Haly's
Practice. Mr. Bisel spent his remaining years residing at the Chalfonte Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, and he died on March 28th, 1941, at the age 82.
The modern era was begun with our move to 710 South Washington Square
in May 1948 with a 15 year lease, and subsequent purchase of our
building in 1963. With continuing family management, this period saw
the beginning of our current publication program of contemporary
Pennsylvania practice texts, which is still being expanded, and today
forms the bulwark of the comprehensive and respected lines of legal
materials we offer to the profession as the leader in treatises on
practice and procedure in our Commonwealth.
Now, with the involvement of the sixth generation of family
management, we continue the year tradition of
service to the Pennsylvania Bench and Bar, by seeking to expand and
improve access to vital and instructional legal information and
procedures, both in the books we sell and in the services we provide
to our valued subscribers.