Member Biography

Horatio Gates Fisher 


From Congressional Biography; portrait PSA


Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       33 Republican
1879-1880       33 Republican

COUNTIES: Franklin, Huntingdon  


1838 - 1890

Horatio Gates Fisher was born in Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pa., April 21, 1838, the son of Thomas and Rachel Jackson Fisher; he attended public and private schools; graduated from Lafayette College, Easton,1855; engaged in mining, shipping, and the wholesale coal business; was a  member of the borough council, 1862-1865; auditor of Huntingdon County, 1865-1868; burgess of the borough of Huntingdon, 1874-1876; member of the state Senate, 1876-1879; elected to Congress, 1879-1883; chaired the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures; resumed personal business; and was appointed by Governor Beaver as a member of the board of managers of Huntingdon Reformatory in 1888.  He married Margaret Gwin and died in Punxsutawney, Pa., May 8, 1890; interred in River View Cemetery, Huntingdon, Pa.