Nicholas Fish II
|Nicholas Fish II|
|United States Ambassador to Belgium|
April 28, 1882 – July 3, 1885
|Preceded by||James O. Putnam|
|Succeeded by||Lambert Tree|
|United States Ambassador to Switzerland|
June 20, 1877 – May 11, 1881
|Preceded by||George Schneider|
|Succeeded by||Michael J. Cramer|
February 19, 1846|
New York City
|Died||September 16, 1902
New York City
|Resting place||Saint Philip's Church Cemetery
Garrison, New York
|Spouse(s)||Clemence Smith Bryce (m. 1869)|
|Children||2 (including Hamilton Fish II)|
|Alma mater||Columbia University
Harvard Law School
He was born in New York City and educated at Columbia University (bachelor of arts, 1867; master of arts, 1871) and Harvard Law School (bachelor of laws, 1869). He practiced law in New York City, then went into the diplomatic service.
Appointed as the Second Secretary of Legation at Berlin (1871), he became Secretary (1874) and acted in the continued absence of his chief as chargé d'affaires, held the latter position in Switzerland (1877–81) and then served as minister to Belgium (1882–86). He returned to New York City in 1887 and became a member of the banking firm of Harriman & Co.
Following the death of his father, he became a member of the New York Society of the Cincinnati in 1894 and later served as president of the New York Society.
He was fatally assaulted in New York City on September 16, 1902 by Thomas J. Sharkey as Fish was exiting a bar. Fish died from blunt force trauma to the head, and Sharkey was convicted of manslaughter and subsequently sentenced to ten years in prison. Fish was buried at Saint Philip's Church Cemetery in Garrison, New York.
- Harvard University, The Harvard Graduates' Magazine, Volume 11, 1903, page 307
- Columbia University, Columbia University Quarterly, Volume 5, 1902, page 249
- Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, 1909, page 452