Member Biography

Lafayette F. Fitch 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1871       14 Republican
1872       14 Republican
1873       14 Republican
1874       14 Republican


1825 - 05/1877

Lafayette F. Fitch (R14) Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties, 1871-1874

Early Life:

Lafayette F. Fitch born 1825, Eaton, Madison County, New York; son of Stephen and Alta Sheldou Fitch;  moved, Montrose, Pennsylvania, 1838; Montrose Academy; teacher; read law, law partner of his tutor, 1848-1866; law partner, Fitch and Watson, 1866-1877; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1871-1874; married, Mary Sayre, 1855, daughter, Hattie B. Fitch; died, May 1877 (aged 51–52) 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, 1871-1874; committee assignment, Congressional Apportionment, Judicial General, Judicial Local, Estates and Escheats; proffered a re-nomination, but declined, and 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.


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

Centennial History of Susquehanna County