Member Biography

Lafayette F. Fitch 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1872       14 Republican
1873       14 Republican
1874       14 Republican


08/09/1825 - 05/1877

Lafayette F. Fitch (R14) Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties, 1872-1874 

Early Life:

Lafayette F. Fitch, born August 9, 1825, Eaton, Madison County, New York; son of Stephen and Alta Sheldou Fitch; moved, Montrose, Pennsylvania, 1838; Montrose Academy; teacher; studied law with his brother-in-law Benjamin Bentley, law partner of his tutor, 1848-1866; law partner, Fitch and Watson, 1866-1877; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1872-1874; married, Mary Sayre, 1855, daughter, Hattie B. Fitch; died, May 1877 (aged 51) interment, Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Served, First Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Emergency Company, Civil War, sixty days, saw no active service, 1863; Ruling elder, Sunday school teacher, Montrose Presbyterian Church; foreman, Rough and Ready Fire Company. 

Read law with his brother-in-law, Benjamin S. Bentley, law practice, 1848-1866; law partner, Fitch and Watson, 1866-1877.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 14th district, Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties, 1872-1874; committee assignment, Congressional Apportionment, Judicial General, Judicial Local, Estates and Escheats; proffered a re-nomination, but declined, his law partner, W. W. Watson, was elected to take his place.


Wife, Mary Sayre, a daughter of Mason S. and Mary Sayre Wilson, of Montrose, whose ancestors were the first settlers of Bridgewater Township.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members F"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1873). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 515, 517, 522-524.

Lafayette F. Fitch (1825-1877) - Find a Grave Memorial