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He was the first American to make refracting telescopes.
I immediately thought of David Rittenhouse - he died before Fitz was born and was a maker of refractor telescopes. Thus Fitz could hardly be the first. I'm sure there are many other American telescope makers that predate Fitz. Perhaps he was the first to specialize in making very large professional telescopes, but he's definitely not the first to make a refractor in the US. --Michael Daly (talk) 20:07, 11 November 2008 (UTC)