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Ashbel P. Fitch
Champion of Old New York

David F. Remington
With a Foreword by Joanne Reitano

Cloth $45.00    |    978-0-8156-0988-9    |    2011

" ‘Not colorful like James G. Blaine or corrupt like William M. Tweed,’ the historian Joanne Reitano writes in the foreword to Ashbel P. Fitch: Champion of Old New York, ‘Fitch was notable for being independent and principled.’ That backhanded compliment might be justification enough to reconsider Fitch, the late-19th-century New York politician, as David F. Remington, Fitch’s great-grandson, does in this biography. For those who forgot, Fitch was a four-term congressman, a one-term city comptroller and a fierce defender of immigrant rights—that rare breed, an honest public servant in the Tammany Hall era."—The New York Times

"Re-creates a world of Tammany Hall fixers, immigrants of every stripe, reformers, socialists, and grasping entrepreneurs, peppered with familiar faces from Theodore Roosevelt to Jacob Ruppert to House Speaker Thomas Brackett Reed. This fine book is an essential tile in the mosaic of New York City history, and an enjoyable read to boot." —Kenneth D. Ackerman, author of Boss Tweed: Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York

"Gives insight into some of the political ramifications of Gilded Age politics from national tariff and gold/silver currency to New York City issues of the Harlem ship canal, public transit, and consolidation of New York." —Harvey Strum, Sage Colleges, Albany, New York

  Ashbel P. Fitch

David F. Remington   David F. Remington is a retired investment banker, Adirondacker, and amateur historian. He is the great grandson of Ashbel P. Fitch. He lives with his wife on the coast of Maine.


7 x 10, 328 pages, 32 black-and-white illustrations, notes, appendixes, bibliography, index

Copublished with the Adirondack Museum

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