Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893

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Birth 1808-08-03
Death 1893-09-07
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American statesman; Secretary of State.

From the description of Letter signed : Washington, to Thomas J. Durant, 1870 Oct. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270538114

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to F.B. Schell, 1890 Jan. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270526181

American statesman and diplomat.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, D.C., to William B. Snell, Esq., (18)76 Dec. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270531115

American lawyer and secretary of state.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Cyrus W. Field, 1879 Mar. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 535138148

Fish served as secretary of state under President Grant (1869-1877).

From the description of Letter to A. G. Curtin, United States minister to Russia concerning the claim of Anna B. Perkins, widow of captain Benjamin W. Perkins, 1871. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 236228307

U.S. Representative and Senator from New York, Governor of New York and U.S. Secretary of State.

From the description of Papers [microform] : in part, 1836-1850. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 238866107

From the description of Papers [microform] : in part, 1836-1850. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 238866117

From the description of Papers. Diaries, 1869-1876 [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 238883378

American Statesman and diplomat.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Garrison, (18)/69 Aug. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270519472

Hamilton Fish served as governor (1848) of and senator (1851-1853) from New York, and as secretary of state under President Grant (1869-1877). For biographical information, see Who's Who in America, 1607-1896 (1963).

From the description of Letter of appointment, 1874. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007720

Fish was a commissioner of the Alms House and Bridewell in New York, N.Y.

From the description of Alms House Commission papers, 1834-1850. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122468574

U.S. secretary of state and U.S. senator and representative from and governor of New York.

From the description of Hamilton Fish papers, 1732-1914 (bulk 1840-1890). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449198

U.S. Secretary of State, 1869-1877; New York Governor, 1848.

From the description of Assignment of lease : New York, 1839 Sept. 9. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 28879979

Epithet: US statesman

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001072.0x00000a

American Statesman & diplomat.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : 251 East Seventeenth Street, to Wm. E. Dodge, Esq., [18]39 Apr. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270514489

Sends corrected information for the Congressional Directory.

From the description of Letter : Washington, [D.C.], to H[enry] B. Anthony, 1875 Dec. 10. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 30463394

Hamilton Fish (1808–1893) was an American statesman. He was born in New York City to Nicholas Fish and Elizabeth Stuyvesant, graduated from Columbia in 1827, and was admitted to the bar in 1830. He was elected to the House of Representatives (Whig Party) and served there from 1843 and 1845, then as lieutenant governor (1847-1848) and governor (1849-1850) of New York.

In 1851 he was elected to the United States Senate where, among other things, he was a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and part of a moderately anti-slavery faction. During the Civil War Fish was a member of the Union Defence Committee which raised and equipped troops, and was appointed by President Lincoln to the board of commissioners for the relief and exchange of Union prisoners of war.

After the war President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Fish Secretary of State, a position he held from 1869 to 1877. In this capacity he negotiated a number of treaties between the United States and various foreign powers, and presided at the peace conference between Spain and the allied republics of Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia, which resulted in a general truce between those countries. He also advocated testing for consular candidates to determine if they were truly qualified for duty at a consulate.

In addition to his goverment service, Fish was President of the New York Historical Society (1867-1869), trustee of the Lenox Library and the Astor Library (which evolved into the New York Public Library), and served as a trustee of Columbia University for more than fifty years. His namesake son, grand-son, and great-grandson all served in the House of Representatives for the state of New York; other descendants include diplomat Nicholas Fish, New Jersey Senator Hamilton Keane, governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean, and railroad executive Stuyvesant Fish.

From the guide to the Hamilton Fish Collection, 1843-1892, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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