Fish family

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The Fish family is a family of American politicians. The family is of English origin and is descended from Jonathan Fish (1615–1663), who was born in East Farndon, Northamptonshire, England and settled in the Province of New York.

  • Nicholas Fish (1758–1833), American Revolutionary soldier, adjutant general of New York, candidate for U.S. Representative from New York in 1804 and 1806, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1810 and 1811. Father of Hamilton Fish.
    • Hamilton Fish (1808–1893), candidate for New York Assemblyman 1834, U.S. Representative from New York 1843–1845, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York 1846, Lieutenant Governor of New York 1848, Governor of New York 1849–1851, U.S. Senator from New York 1851–1857, U.S. Secretary of State 1869–1877. Father of Nicholas Fish II and Hamilton Fish II.
      • Nicholas Fish II (1848–1902), U.S. Chargé d'Affaires to Switzerland 1877–1881, U.S. Minister to Belgium 1882–1885. Son of Hamilton Fish.[1]
      • Hamilton Fish II (1849–1936), New York Assemblyman 1874, 1876–1879, 1889–1891, 1893–1896, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1884, U.S. Representative from New York 1909–1911. Son of Hamilton Fish.[2]
      • D. Maitland Armstrong (1836–1919), U.S. Consul in Rome, Italy 1869–1871; U.S. Chargé d'Affaires to the Papal States 1869; U.S. Consul General in Rome, Italy 1871-1873. Nephew by marriage of Hamilton Fish.[3]
        • Alfred C. Chapin (1848–1936), New York Assemblyman 1882–1883, New York Comptroller 1884–1887, Mayor of Brooklyn, New York 1888–1891; U.S. Representative from New York 1891–1892. Father-in-law of Hamilton Fish III.[4]
        • Hamilton F. Kean (1862–1941), New Jersey Republican Committeeman 1905–1919, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1916, Republican National Committeeman 1919–1928, candidate for U.S. Senate from New Jersey 1924, U.S. Senator from New Jersey 1929–1935. Grandnephew of Hamilton Fish.[5]
        • Hamilton Fish Armstrong (1893–1973), U.S. diplomat; editor Foreign Affairs 1928–1972. Son of D. Maitland Armstrong.[6]
          • Hamilton Fish III (1888–1991), New York Assemblyman 1914–1916, U.S. Representative from New York 1920–1945, New York Republican Committeeman 1936. Son of Hamilton Fish II.[7]
          • Robert W. Kean (1893–1980), delegate to the Republican National Convention 1936, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1939–1959, candidate for U.S. Senate from New Jersey 1958. Son of Hamilton F. Kean.[8]
            • Hamilton Fish IV (1926–1996), U.S. Representative from New York 1969–1995, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1984. Son of Hamilton Fish III.[9]
            • Thomas H. Kean (born 1935), New Jersey Assemblyman 1968–1977, Governor of New Jersey 1982–1990. Son of Robert W. Kean.
              • Hamilton Fish V (born 1952), candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 1988, 1994. Son of Hamilton Fish IV.
              • Thomas Kean, Jr. (born 1968), New Jersey state senator, son of Thomas H. Kean.

NOTE: Hamilton F. Kean was also great-grandson of Continental Congressional Delegate John Kean[10] and brother of U.S. Senator John Kean.[11]

References[edit]

  • Wing, Lester Fish. The Fish Family in England and America. Tuttle, 1948. 530pp.[1]