Erland F. Fish

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Erland F. Fish

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74th President of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Preceded byGaspar G. Bacon
Succeeded byJames G. Moran
Member of the Massachusetts Senate for the Norfolk & Suffolk District
In office
Preceded byWilliam S. Youngman
Succeeded bySybil Holmes
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Second Norfolk District[1]
Personal details
Born(1883-12-07)December 7, 1883[1]
Cambridge, Massachusetts[1]
DiedFebruary 18, 1942(1942-02-18) (aged 58)
Political partyRepublican[1]
Residence207 Mountfort Street, Brookline, Massachusetts[1]
EducationHarvard College
Harvard Law School (1908)

Erland Frederick Fish (December 7, 1883 – February 18, 1942) was a Massachusetts lawyer and politician who served as President of the Massachusetts Senate from 1933 to 1934.[1]


Fish was born on December 7, 1883.[1] Fish graduated from Harvard College and then Harvard Law School in 1908.[1][2]

Starting in 1908, he clerked for a year for Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. at the U.S. Supreme Court. Afterwards, he worked for Gaston, Snow & Saltonstall, and later his family patent law firm, Fish, Richardson & Neave, in Boston.[3][4]

In 1909, Fish joined the Massachusetts National Guard and served as captain in the 101st Field Artillery Regiment in France during WW I. From 1930 to 1934 he was the commanding general of the 26th Infantry Division, also known as the Yankee Division.[5]

On February 18, 1942, Fish died at age 59 after he was hit by a taxicab in Boston.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Howard, Richard T. (1921), Public Officials of Massachusetts (1921-1922), Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 162.
  2. ^ Warren, Charles (1908). History of the Harvard Law School and of Early Legal Conditions in America, p. 371. New York: Lewis Publishing Company. Reprinted 1999 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 99-29193. ISBN 1-58477-006-6.
  3. ^ Fish, Richardson & Neave LLP
  4. ^ The American Bar (1921), p. 428. Minneapolis and New York: J.C. Fifield Company.
  5. ^ "General Erland Fish Fatally Hurt by Taxi". The New York Times. February 19, 1942.
  6. ^ New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1847-, vol. 96, at 210.
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank G. Allen
President of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
Gaspar G. Bacon
Military offices
Preceded by
Alfred F. Foote
Commanding General, 26th Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Daniel Needham