Former U.S. Congressman Hamilton Fish, a feisty New York politican whom Frank-lin D. Roosevelt derided as part of the conservative trio of "Martin, Barton and Fish," died at his home here Friday of heart failure. He was 102.
Fish, a member of a long and continuing line of American statesmen-aristocrats, was a descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of New York.His great-grandfather was Col. Nicholas Fish, an aide to Gen. George Washington, and he was the third Hamilton Fish, a name first borne by his grandfather, who was U.S. Secretary of State under Grant, New York governor, and U.S. senator.
Fish's son, Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr., R-N.Y., was with him when he died. He represents the fourth generation of his family in Congress over a period of 149 years.
Fish was a famous football star and war hero but he probably was best known as the arch critic of his upstate New York neighbor, President Roosevelt, on both domestic and foreign policy. Fish was isolationist who believed in America first and a lifelong enemy of communism.