Hamilton Fish IV

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Hamilton Fish IV
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Eliot L. Engel
Succeeded by Sue W. Kelly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Robert García
Succeeded by Michael R. McNulty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Peter A. Peyser
Succeeded by Sherwood Boehlert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Joseph Y. Resnick
Succeeded by Samuel S. Stratton
Personal details
Born (1926-06-03)June 3, 1926
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died July 23, 1996(1996-07-23) (aged 70)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Harvard University
New York University

Hamilton Fish, Jr. (or Hamilton Fish IV) (June 3, 1926 – July 23, 1996) was a Republican politician best known as a member of the U.S. Congressional Delegation from New York.

Fish was the son of Grace Chapin and Hamilton Fish III (1888–1991), grandson of Hamilton Fish II (1849–1936) and Alfred C. Chapin, great-grandson of Hamilton Fish (1808–1893), a descendant of Lewis Morris, and a cousin of the Kean family of New Jersey politicians. His son, Hamilton Fish V, ran for Congress in 1988 and 1994 as a Democrat without success.

Early life[edit]

Fish was born in Washington, D.C. and attended the prestigious private Kent School. He graduated from Harvard University in 1949 and received an LL.B. from New York University School of Law in 1957. He also attended Harvard's Graduate School of Public Administration. While in college, Fish was a member of the United States Naval Reserve.

From 1951 to 1953, Fish served in Ireland as the vice consul to the nation from the United States Foreign Service. He practiced law privately before his election to the House, and in 1961, Fish served as a lawyer for the New York State Assembly's Judiciary Committee.

Career[edit]

Fish was a candidate for the 90th Congress in 1966. While he won the Republican primary, he was defeated in the general election by Democrat Joseph Y. Resnick. Fish was elected as a Republican to the 91st United States Congress and was re-elected to the 12 succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1969 to January 3, 1995. He narrowly defeated G. Gordon Liddy in the 1968 Republican primary to win the nomination. He was a leader of the liberal wing of the Republican party. As a member of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary in 1974, he voted in favor of the first two of the three Articles of Impeachment (for obstruction of justice and abuse of power) of President Richard Nixon.[1] Fish is one of several senior Congressmen who served as managers during the impeachment trials of two federal judges, Harry E. Claiborne and Alcee Hastings, in 1986 and 1988, respectively.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Y. Resnick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

1969–1973
Succeeded by
Samuel S. Stratton
Preceded by
Peter A. Peyser
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

1973–1983
Succeeded by
Sherwood Boehlert
Preceded by
Robert García
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

1983–1993
Succeeded by
Michael R. McNulty
Preceded by
Eliot L. Engel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

1993–1995
Succeeded by
Sue W. Kelly