FITCH, Thomas (1838-1923)

FITCH, THOMAS, a Representative from Nevada; born in New York City January 27, 1838; attended the public schools; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1855, and to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1856; employed as a clerk; local editor of the Milwaukee Free Democrat in 1859 and 1860; moved to California in 1860; editor of the San Francisco Times and Placerville Republican; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; member of the California assembly in 1862 and 1863; moved to Nevada in June 1863; elected a member of the convention which framed the State constitution in 1864; Union nominee for Territorial Delegate to Congress in 1864; district attorney of Washoe County in 1865 and 1866; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; continued the practice of law; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1909 and was employed as a writer on the Times; died in Decoto, Calif., November 12, 1923; interment in Cypress Cemetery.

The Copley Press
JS Copley Library
La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1870, 1 page.
A letter from Thomas Fitch to an unidentified recipient. In the letter, Thomas Fitch writes that "The Globe office here will furnish Cuban speeches at the rate of $50.00 for 5000. There are none now in print."


University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Hubert Howe Bancroft Papers, ca. 1880s, 5 pages.
A statement from Thomas Fitch given sometime during the 1880s in San Diego, California.