Stuyvesant Fish is a historical figure whose family was highly influential in the United States. To discover a few facts about his background as well as his career, simply continue reading.
Everything that you need to know about Stuyvesant Fish:
He was born to a prestigious, highly respected family:
Stuyvesant Fish’s father was Hamilton Fish, who served as the 16th Governor of New York, a US Senator, and the United States Secretary of State. You may be interested to learn that Hamilton Fish was named after a family friend, Alexander Hamilton. The latter of whom inspired the award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton”. Stuyvesant himself grew up in Manhatten, where his family owned several properties. As a young man Fish attended and graduated from Columbia University.
Stuyvesant Fish became the President of the Illinois Central Railroad:
Fish served as the President of the Illinois Central Railroad from 1887 to 1906 and was the president of the railroad during its period of biggest expansion. Which is why he is still remembered and respected today. However, depiste the substantial growth of the Illinois Central Railroad during Fish’s leadership, his time as the president was cut short.
There is still confusion around the reason why Fish was removed from his influential role:
There are two likely reasons why Fish was removed from his office in 1906. One of which is that he had co-operated with the state government in a controversial investigation of the Mutual Life Insurance Company. Although the other reason why Fish may have lost his job is more surprising. It is thought that his wife had ignored the wife of the man who fired Fish from his position, E. H. Harrison. It is thought that Fish’s wife Mamie found Harrison’s wife dull and did not bother to invite her to a society event which she hosted, which could have caused Harrison’s wife to ask her husband to get rid of Fish, as revenge on Mamie.
His wife Mamie was a prominent socialite:
Stuyvesant’s wife Mamie was a well known, envied socialite and along with her husband she would spend her summer’s in Rhode Island where she was part of the society season. Throughout the rest of the year Mamie also took an active part in the competitive New York social scene and the New Port social scene. It’s worth noting that she hosted parties which attracted famous guests such as the Grand Duke Boris of Russia.
He was an active member of the Republican party:
Stuyvesant Fish was outspoken when it came to politics and was a proud member of the Republic party. However depiste his father’s succesful political career, Fish decided not to pursue a career in politics. Which surprised much of society at the time as many people assumed that Fish would campaign to become a senator, like his father.
So if you were interested in the lives of wealthy families in Manhatten and the career and drama surrounding the career of Stuyvesant Fish, hopefully you were able to get an insight into his life.