FISH, Hamilton

1849–1936

Biography

FISH, Hamilton, (son of Hamilton Fish [1808–1893], father of Hamilton Fish [1888–1991], and grandfather of Hamilton Fish, Jr. [1926–1996]), a Representative from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., April 17, 1849; attended private schools in this country and in Switzerland, and was graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1869; private secretary to his father, who was Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Grant, 1869-1871; was graduated from Columbia Law School in 1873; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in New York City; member of the State assembly 1874-1896, serving as speaker in 1895 and 1896; appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 as assistant treasurer of the United States at New York City; reappointed in 1907 and served until October 1908, when he resigned; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; retired from public life and active pursuits and resided in Garrison, N.Y.; died while on a visit in Aiken, S.C., January 15, 1936; interment in the cemetery of St. Philip's Church-in-the-Highlands, Garrison, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn, NY
Papers: Letter (May 22, 1883) and official invitation (April 30, 1889). Finding aid in repository.

Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC
Papers: In the Hamilton Fish Papers, ca. 1711-1984, 42 linear feet. Persons represented include Hamilton Fish's father, Hamilton Fish (1849-1936).

Jervis Public Library

Rome, NY
Papers: 1897. 1 letter in the Thomas C. Bright autograph collection. Finding aid in repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the William Edgar Borah Papers, ca. 1905-1940, 352.4 linear feet. Correspondents include Hamilton Fish.
Papers: In the Edwards Pierrepont Papers, 1847-1900, 250 items. Correspondents include Hamilton Fish.

U.S. Military Academy Library
Special Collections

West Point, NY
Papers: In the Fish Family Papers, 1785-1936, 1 box. Persons represented include Hamilton Fish.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the A. Cleveland Coxe Autograph Collection, 1837-1882, 82 items. Persons represented include Hamilton Fish.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Current, Richard Nelson. "Hamilton Fish." In Public Men In and Out of Office, edited by John Thomas Salter, pp. 210-24. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1946.

Fish, Hamilton. Memoir of an American Patriot. Epilogue by Brian Mitchell. Washington: Regnery Gateway, 1991.

Hanks, Richard K. "Hamilton Fish and the American Isolationism, 1920-1944." Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Riverside, 1971.

Troncone, Anthony C. "Hamilton Fish, Sr. and the Politics of American Nationalism, 1912-1945." Ph.D. dissertation, Rutgers University, 1993.

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