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FISH, Benjamin, engineer, born near Trenton, New Jersey, in 1785; died in Trenton, 22 June 1880. In 1812, during the war with England, he was employed in transporting commissary and ordnance stores for the government. During the construction of the first railroads in the United States he undertook to connect New York and Philadelphia by rail. It is related concerning his management of the line that his rule was to wait one hour for a train, and then send out a locomotive to look for it, and that once, when asked by a conductor how long he should wait, his answer was, " Wait, sir, till you learn something." Mr. Fish was largely interested in various railroad and canal enterprises. He represented the town of Nottingham in the New Jersey legislature in 1833.
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