First republic in America.
See New Orleans
, statesman; son of Col. Nicholas Fish
; born in New York
City, Aug. 3, 1808; graduated at Columbia College in 1827; admitted to the bar in 1830; and was elected to Congress in 1842.
In 1848 he was chosen governor
of the State of New York
, and in 1851 became a member of the United States Senate, acting with the Republican party after its formation in 1856.
He was a firm supporter of the government during the Civil War
, and in March, 1869, was called to the cabinet of President Grant
as Secretary of State
, and remained in that post eight years, during which time he assisted materially in settling various disputes with Great Britain
, of which the “Alabama
claims” controversy was the most important.
He was presidentgeneral of the Society of the Cincinnati, and for many years president of the New York Historical Society.
He died in New York City. Sept. 7, 1893.