Israel F. Fischer

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Israel F. Fischer
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Israel Frederick Fischer
Chief Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
May 28, 1926 – March 31, 1932
Appointed by Assigned to court by operation of law
Preceded by Court created
Succeeded by Frederick W. Dallinger
President of the Board of General Appraisers
In office
Member of the Board of General Appraisers
In office
May 9, 1899 – May 28, 1926
Appointed by William McKinley
Preceded by Ferdinand N. Shurtleff
Succeeded by Board abolished
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899
Preceded by William J. Coombs
Succeeded by Bertram T. Clayton
Personal details
Born Israel Frederick Fischer
(1858-08-17)August 17, 1858
New York City
Died March 16, 1940(1940-03-16) (aged 81)
New York City
Political party Republican
Alma mater Read law
Profession Judge

Israel Frederick Fischer (August 17, 1858 – March 16, 1940) was a U.S. Representative from New York and a Judge for the United States Customs Court.


Fischer was born on August 17, 1858, in New York City and moved to Brooklyn in September 1887. Fischer attended public schools and later the Cooper Institute, New York City. He was employed as a clerk in a law office where he read law. He was admitted to the bar in 1879 and practiced in New York City from 1880 to 1895. He served as member of the executive committee of the Republican State committee from 1888 to 1890.[1][2]

Congressional service[edit]

Fischer was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1899). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress.[3]

Federal Judicial Service[edit]

On May 9, 1899, President McKinley appointed Fischer to the Board of General Appraisers via a recess appointment. On December 15, 1899, President McKinley nominated Fischer to the same seat, which had been vacated by Ferdinand N. Shurtleff. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 17, 1900, and received his commission on January 22, 1900. He served as President of the Board from 1902 to 1905. On May 28, 1926, he was transferred by operation of law to the newly created United States Customs Court. He served as Chief Judge of the court from 1927 to 1932. He served on the court until his retirement on March 31, 1932, and was succeeded by Judge Frederick W. Dallinger.[4]

Later career and death[edit]

Fischer served as a delegate to the International Customs Congress held in New York City in 1903. He died in New York City on March 16, 1940. He was interred in Maimonides Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.[5][6]

See also[edit]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William J. Coombs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bertram T. Clayton

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website