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Hamilton Fish, Jr. (or Hamilton Fish IV) (June 3, 1926 – July 23, 1996) was a Republican politician best known as a member of the U.S. Congressional Delegation from New York.

Fish was the son of Grace Chapin and Hamilton Fish III (1888–1991), grandson of Hamilton Fish II (1849–1936) and Alfred C. Chapin, great-grandson of Hamilton Fish (1808–1893), a descendant of Lewis Morris, and a cousin of the Kean family of New Jerseymarker politicians. His son, Hamilton Fish V, ran for Congress in 1988 and 1994 as a Democrat without success.

Early life

Fish was born in Washington, D.C.marker and attended the prestigious private Kent School. He graduated from Harvard Universitymarker in 1949 and received an LL.B. from New York University School of Lawmarker in 1957. He also attended Harvard's Graduate School of Public Administration. While in college, Fish was a member of the United States Naval Reserve.

From 1951 to 1953, Fish served in Irelandmarker as the vice counsel to the nation from the United States Foreign Service. He practiced law privately before his election to the House, and in 1961, Fish served as a lawyer for the New York State Assembly's Judiciary Committee.


Fish was elected as a Republican to the 91st United States Congress and was re-elected to the 12 succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1969 to January 3, 1995. He was a leader of the liberal wing of the Republican party. Fish is one of several senior Congressmen who served as managers during the impeachment trials of two federal judges, Harry E. Claiborne and Alcee Hastings, in 1986 and 1988, respectively.

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