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Hamilton Fish II

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Hamilton Fish II April 17, 1849 – January 15, 1936 was an American lawyer and politician who served as Speaker of the New York State Assembly and a member of the United States House of Representatives1


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
    • 31 Descendants
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early lifeedit

Fish was born in Albany, New York on April 17, 1849, while his father was serving as Governor of New York2 Fish was the son of Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean 1816–18873 and Hamilton Fish 1808–18934 He graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1869 and was a member of St Anthony Hall He also received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia56

His paternal grandparents were Elizabeth née Stuyvesant Fish and Nicholas Fish 1758–1833, a leading Federalist politician and notable figure of the American Revolutionary War,4 who named his father after their friend Alexander Hamilton72 In 1903, he succeeded his brother Nicholas Fish II as a hereditary member of the Society of the Cincinnati2


After graduating from Columbia, he served as private secretary to his father for two years2 He then returned to Columbia and attended Columbia Law School, graduating in 18738 From 1873 to 1874 he was aide-de-camp to Governor John Adams Dix with the rank of Colonel9

He was elected to twelve terms as a member of the New York State Assembly,2 representing Putnam County, in 1874, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896 He was the Republican leader in 1890 and Speaker in 1895 and 18961

He was selected in 1903 to serve as Assistant Treasurer of the United States in charge of the Wall Street sub-treasury in the Administration of Theodore Roosevelt His first choice, Robert Bacon, declined the position He withdrew his second choice, William Plimley, after objections from several senators and New York bank presidents to the appointment of a political aide who had no relevant experience Roosevelt then nominated Fish, who was promptly confirmed10 He resigned from the Treasury in 1908 to run for the United States House of Representatives2 He was elected to represent New York and served for a single term from March 4, 1909 until March 3, 1911 He was defeated for reelection1

For many years Fish was considered to be one of the top Republican bosses in the State of New York, controlling Putnam County1

Personal lifeedit

In 1880, Fish was married to Emily Maria Mann 1854–1899 at St John's Church in Troy, New York11 She was the daughter of Francis N Mann 1802–1880 and Mary J née Hooker Mann 1822–187512 Before her death in 1899,13 they were the parents of:4

  • Janet Fish 1883–1970, who died unmarried14
  • Julia Kean Fish 1884–1960,15 who married William Lawrence Breese 1883–1915 in 190816 He was killed in World War I17 His older sister, Eloise Lawrence Breese 1882–1953, was married Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 2nd Earl of Ancaster 1867–1951, and his younger sister, Anne Breese 1885–1959, who was married to Lord Alastair Robert Innes-Ker b 1880, the second son of James Innes-Ker, 7th Duke of Roxburghe and a first cousin of Winston Churchill Lord Alastair's brother, Henry Innes-Ker, 8th Duke of Roxburghe, also married an American, Mary Goelet 1878–1937, the daughter of the New York real-estate millionaire Ogden Goelet18 His younger brother, Lord Robert Edward Innes-Ker 1885–1958 married the actress Jose Collins19
  • Emily Rosalind Fish 1886–1975,20 who married John Wilson Cutler 1887–1950, an investment banker,21 in 191022
  • Hamilton Stuyvesant Fish III 1888–1991, also a US Representative,23 who married Grace Chapin Rogers 1885–1960, daughter of Brooklyn Mayor Alfred C Chapin in 1921 After her death in 1960, he married Marie Blackton in 1967 After her death in 1974, he was married to Alice Desmond from 1976 until their divorce in 1984 He married for the fourth time in 1988 to Lydia Ambrogio, whom he remained married to until his death at the age of 10224
  • Helena Livingston Fish 1893–1970, who married Henry Forster 1889–1989,25 a son of Frederick Prentiss Forster and Edith née Allen Forster, in 1920

After his first wife's death, he married Florence Delaplaine 1849–192626 in 1912272829 Florence, a widow of both James Beekman 1848–1902, a great-grandson of James Beekman, and Gustav Amsinck 1837–1909, was the daughter of Isaac Clason Delaplaine 1817–1866 and Matilda née Post Delaplaine 1821–1907

In the late 19th century, he purchased the Rock Lawn and Carriage House at Garrison, New York30

Fish died at the home of his daughter, Julia,2 in Aiken, South Carolina on January 15, 193631323334 He was buried at Saint Philip's Church Cemetery in Garrison35


Through his daughter Julia, he was the grandfather of William Lawrence Breese Jr 1909–2000, founder and chairman of the Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding,36 and Hamilton Fish Breese 1910–192017

Through his son Hamilton, he was the grandfather of Hamilton Fish IV 1926–1996,37 a thirteen-term US Representative from New York who held office from 1969 to 1995,38 and Lillian Veronica Fish married David Whitmire Hearst 1915–1986,39 son of William Randolph Hearst40


  1. ^ a b c d "FISH, Hamilton - Biographical Information" bioguidecongressgov Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "HAMILTON FISH, 86, DIES IN AIKEN, SC; Father of Representative and Son of Governor Had Himself Served in Congress ONCE ASSEMBLY SPEAKER Aide to His Father as Secretary of Treasury Under Grant-Member of Noted Families" The New York Times 1936 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  3. ^ "FUNERAL OF MRS FISH" The New York Times 4 July 1887 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  4. ^ a b c Burke, Arthur Meredyth 1908 The Prominent Families of the United States of America Genealogical Publishing Com p 385 ISBN 9780806313085 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  5. ^ Robert A McCaughey, Stand, Columbia: a History of Columbia University in the City of New York, 2003, page 260
  6. ^ Delta Psi fraternity, Catalog of the Members of the Fraternity of Delta Psi, 1906, page 17
  7. ^ Corning 1918, pp 12–15
  8. ^ Charles G Shanks, The State Government for 1879, 1879, page 101
  9. ^ New York Secretary of State, Legislative Manual, 1873, page 258
  10. ^ "HAMILTON FISH TO BE ASSISTANT TREASURER; Appointed to New York Office Instead of William Plimley President Withdraws Nomination of Latter on Receipt of Charges Forwarded from This City" The New York Times 19 March 1903 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  11. ^ "MARRIED Fish -- Mann" The New York Times 29 April 1880 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  12. ^ "HAMILTON FISH, JR'S, WEDDING" The New York Times 29 April 1880 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  13. ^ "DIED Fish" The New York Times 16 March 1899 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  14. ^ Times, Special To the New York 19 November 1970 "Janet Fish, Heiress Who Turned To Nursing as Career, Dies at 87" The New York Times Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  15. ^ "DEATHS Breese" The New York Times 27 August 1960 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  16. ^ "MISS JULIA FISH TO WED WL BREESE; Second Daughter of Hamilton Fish Engaged to a Son of Mrs Higgins of London, CEREMONY IN THE SPRING Mr Breese Has Large Mining Interests in Alaska--He Is James L Breese's Nephew" The New York Times 13 December 1907 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  17. ^ a b "NEW YORKER DIES AT FRONT; W L Breese, Killed in Battle, Held an English Commission" The New York Times 17 March 1915 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  18. ^ "DUKE OF ROXBURGHE MARRIES MISS GOELET; Second American Heiress to be Made a Duchess in St, Thomas's WOMEN MOB HER CARRIAGE Extraordinary Demonstration Near the Church by Faminine Sightseers Keeps Police Busy -- Reception at Mrs Goelet's Home" The New York Times 11 November 1903 Retrieved 21 December 2016 
  19. ^ "Lord R Innes-Ker weds Jose Collins; Brother of Duke of Roxburghe Married to Musical Comedy Actress in London Ceremony was a Secret Bride, Daughter of Late Lottie Collins, Won First Success Herein "The Merry Countess" New York Times, 4 November 1920, p 16, citation only1 full article
  20. ^ "MRS JOHN W CUTLER" The New York Times 1975 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  21. ^ "JOHN CUTLER DIES; LONG A BANKER, 62; Member of Smith, Barney & Co Was Director of IT & T -- '08 Harvard Quarterback" The New York Times 19 March 1950 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  22. ^ "MISS EMILY R FISH TO WED; Daughter of Hamilton Fish to Marry John Cutler of Brookline, Mass" The New York Times 12 May 1910 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  23. ^ "FISH, Hamilton, Jr - Biographical Information" bioguidecongressgov Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  24. ^ Pace, Eric 1991 "Hamilton Fish, in Congress 24 Years, Dies at 102" The New York Times Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  25. ^ "Henry Forster, 100, Real-Estate Executive" The New York Times 14 September 1989 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  26. ^ "NIECES AND NEPHEW GET FISH ESTATE; They Will Receive Italian Villa, the New York Home and Much Valuable Jewelry HAMILTON FISH EXECUTOR He Receive the Use of $400,000 During His Lifetime -- Other Minor Bequests" The New York Times November 4, 1926 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  27. ^ "HAMILTON FISH TO WED MRS AMSINCK; His Engagement to Widow of Guetav Amsinck Will Likely Be Announced This Week BRIDE-TO-BE TWICE WIDOW Her First Husband Was James H Beekman -- Mr Fish, ex-Assistant U S Treasurer, Is a Widower" The New York Times 6 February 1912 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  28. ^ "HAMILTON FISH'S WEDDING; His Marriage to Mrs Florence DB Amsinck to Take Place In June" The New York Times 30 April 1912 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  29. ^ "HAMILTON FISH'S WEDDING; His Marriage to Mrs Gustav Amsinck Is Set for June 25" The New York Times 14 June 1912 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  30. ^ Elise M Barry April 1982 "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Rock Lawn and Carriage House" New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Retrieved 2010-11-21 
  31. ^ Society of the Cincinnati 1938 Roster of the Society of the Cincinnati The Society Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  32. ^ The New International Year Book Dodd, Mead and Company 1937 p 512 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  33. ^ Hadden, Briton 1923 "Died" Time Magazine Time Incorporated: 2 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  34. ^ "Hamilton Fish Dies in Aiken, SC" Newport Mercury January 17, 1936 p 2 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  35. ^ Spencer, Thomas E 1998 Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated Genealogical Publishing Com p 238 ISBN 9780806348230 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  36. ^ "William Lawrence Breese, 91, Dies" Washington Post 23 March 2000 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  37. ^ "Hamilton Fish 1926-1996 Congressional Papers, 1968-1994" wwwnyslnysedgov New York State Library Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  38. ^ Levy, Claudia 24 July 1996 "13-TERM CONGRESSMAN HAMILTON FISH JR DIES" Washington Post Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  39. ^ "David W Hearst, 70, Publishing Executive" The New York Times 13 May 1986 Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  40. ^ Pace, Eric 24 July 1996 "Hamilton Fish Jr, 70, Dies; Part of a Political Dynasty" The New York Times Retrieved 15 September 2017 
  • Corning, A Elwood October 1918 Hamilton Fish New York, New York: The Lanmere Publishing Company 
  • United States Congress "Hamilton Fish II id: F000139" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Desmond-Fish Library Public Library co-founded by Hamilton Fish IV Library has many Fish family artifacts, papers and portraits on display
  • LiSA Livingston-Svirsky Archive Contains many online documents on the Fish Family
  • Hamilton Fish II at Find a Grave
New York Assembly
Preceded by
William S Clapp
New York State Assembly
Putnam County

Succeeded by
William H Christopher
Preceded by
William H Christopher
New York State Assembly
Putnam County

Succeeded by
George McCabe
Preceded by
Henry Mable
New York State Assembly
Putnam County

Succeeded by
Emerson W Addis
Political offices
Preceded by
George R Malby
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1895 - 1896
Succeeded by
James M E O'Grady
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel McMillan
Member of the US House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

1909 - 1911
Succeeded by
Richard E Connell

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