A mutant of the Escherichia coli cytochrome b562 has been created in which the heme-ligating methionine (Met) at position 7 has been replaced with a histidine (His) (M7H). This protein is a double mutant that also has the His 63 to asparagine (H63N) mutation, which removes a solvent-exposed His. While the H63N mutation has no measurable effect on the cytochrome, the M7H mutation converts the atypical His/Met heme ligation in cytochrome b 562 to the classic cytochrome b-type bis-His ligation. This mutation has little effect on the Kd of heme binding but significantly reduces the chemical and thermal stability of the mutant cytochrome relative to the wild type (wt). Both proteins have similar absorbance (Abs) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) properties characteristic of 6-coordinate low-spin heme. The Abs spectra of the oxidized and reduced bis-His cytochrome are slightly blue-shifted relative to the wt, and the α Abs band of ferrous M7H mutant is unusually split. The M7H mutation decreases the midpoint potential of the bound heme by 260 mV at pH 7 and considerably alters the pH dependence of the Em, which becomes dominated by a single pKred = 6.8.