- Brooks D. Simpson
Fish, Hamilton (03 August 1808–07 September 1893), lawyer and secretary of state, was born in New York City, the son of Nicholas Fish, an American officer in the revolutionary war and a leading figure in Federalist New York, and Elizabeth Stuyvesant, a descendant of one of New York’s first families. Graduating from Columbia University in 1827, he studied law under Peter Jay and gained admission to the bar in 1830. His practice consisted mostly of handling real estate matters for members of the New York elite. Between his inheritance from his father, who died in 1833, and the bequest of his uncle, Peter Stuyvesant, Fish became independently wealthy. In 1836 he married Julia Kean; the couple had eight children....