Biography of William Fitch
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Fitch, William Henry, who for the last five years has filled the position of president of the Groton Bridge and Manufacturing Co., was a native of Lansing, born November 23, 1825. His parents were William R. and Aurelia (Dunning) Fitch, William R. being numbered among the prominent early lawyers of the county, and was one of the county judges several years, and represented the town for five years as supervisor, although he lived the greater part of the time on his farm. In his family were four children, of whom William H. was the youngest. Our subject was brought up on the farm, attended the district schools, and also for two years at the Groton Academy. He continued to live and work on the home farm until 1876, when he came to Groton and for three years engaged in mercantile business, then returning to the farm wherehe remained seven years. The farm on which he was born has been in the possession of the family since 1817. He then came again to Groton and was elected treasurer of the Bridge Company, which position he held until March 1, 1889, when he was elected its president. Mr. Fitch was originally a Democrat, hut following the Van Buren presidential campaign, became identified with the Republican party. In 1872. however, he with may others in this vicinity supported Horace Greeley, returning again to the Republican ranks upon the close of that eventful struggle. For four years Mr. Fitch was justice of the peace of Lansing, and likewise served three terms as supervisor of Groton. In 1856 William H. Fitch married Fanny A., daughter of Deacon Benoni Brown, of which marriage two children, Charles C. and Clara B., have been born.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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