Charles Fisher (congressman)

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Charles Fisher (October 20, 1789 – May 7, 1849) was an American politician and legislator from North Carolina who was twice elected U.S. Representative from his state.

Born near Salisbury, North Carolina, Fisher was educated by private tutors in Raleigh, North Carolina, studied law and was admitted to the bar but did not practice to any extent. In 1818 Fisher became a member of the State senate.

Fisher was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George Mumford in Washington D.C. at the end of 1818. Reelected to the Sixteenth Congress, Fisher served from February 11, 1819, to March 3, 1821 and declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1820.

Returning from three year's experience in the federal legislature, Fisher was elected member of the State House of Commons from Rowan County, North Carolina in 1821 and served until 1836. Fisher was Speaker of North Carolina House of Commons in 1831 and 1832 and served as member of the state constitutional convention in 1835.

Fisher was returned to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841), this time as a Democrat. Fisher was not a candidate for renomination in 1840 though he stayed politically active; he was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress.

Personal life[edit]

Fisher married Christiana Beard, daughter of another Salisbury attorney. The pair had four children, one boy who died in infancy, and two girls who both married and lived to adulthood. In 1816, a son was born, Charles Frederick Fisher, who also became a Rowan County political figure for many years and after whose death at the First Battle of Bull Run became the Confederate hero for whom Fort Fisher was eventually named.

The elder Fisher died in Hillsboro, Mississippi, while on a visit, May 7, 1849.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.