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Hamilton Fish

Hamilton Fish (3 August 18087 September 1893), born in New York City, was an American politician during the time of the American Civil War. His parents named him after Alexander Hamilton. He graduated from Columbia College in 1827 and was admitted to the New York bar in 1830. As a member of the Whig party, Fish served in the House of Representatives from 1843 until 1845. He was elected as governor of New York in 1849 and after becoming a Republican, he was elected to the Senate in 1851 where he served on the Foreign Relations Committee. He also served as Secretary of State under Ulysses S. Grant between 1869 and 1877. Stuyvesant Fish was one of his sons.

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Preceded by:
Elihu P. Washburne
United States Secretary of State Succeeded by:
William M. Evarts
Preceded by:
John Young
Governor of New York Succeeded by:
Washington Hunt