Biography of Arthur S. Fitch
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Fitch, Arthur S., the Chemung County clerk and the present secretary of the Elmira Mechanics Society, was born in Tompkins County, N. Y., November 11, 1844, a son of Lemis W. Fitch, who came to Elmira in 1857 and died in 1886, aged seventy four years. He reared three sons, of whom the eldest was a lieutenant in the One Hundred and Sixty first Regiment New York Volunteers, and was killed in the Red River expedition. The Lewis Edgar Pitch G. A. R. Post in Elmira was named for him. Albert M. is a merchant in Parsons, Kan. Arthur S. Fitch in early life clerked in a grocery store, and in July, 1862, enlisted at Elmira in Company B, One Hundred and Seventh Regiment New York Volunteers, serving till June 19, 1865, being discharged as first lieutenant and brevet captain. Among the battles in which his regiment participated were Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. At the siege of Savannah he received a gun shot wound in the left leg. Returning to Elmira he clerked for Hall Brothers, booksellers, till 1871, when he engaged in partnership with Mr. Dumars under the firm name of Fitch & Dumars, which late, was changed to A. S. Fitch, and still later to Fitch & Billings. He retired from the latter firm in 1889. Mr. Fitch has served as secretary of the Board of Education and has been a member of the Board of Health, and at one time was a Park Commissioner. He was elected county clerk on the Republican ticket in November, 1890, and was the only candidate on that ticket elected that fall. He belongs to the G. A. R., the E. O. M. A., and the A. O. U. W. Mr. Fitch was married in 1808, in Penn Yan, N. Y., to a daughter of the late George Cooley. The family are members of the Park Congregational Church.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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