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FISHER, Charles Harris, physician, born in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, 30 June 1822. He obtained a classical education by his own exertions, and studied medicine under Alfred C. Post, of New York, in the University medical College in New York City, at Harvard, and the medical department of Dartmouth College, where he was graduated in 1848. He established himself at Scituate, R. I., giving special attention to surgery and uterine diseases, and, after practicing there for thirty years, removed to Providence. He served in the state senate in 1869'70 and 1877'9, became a member of the state board of education in 1870, and the same year was appointed chairman of the Rhode Island fish commission. He was also president of a bank for many years, and has been chairman of various library and benevolent associations, and superintendent of public schools. On the establishment of the state board of health, in 1878, he was appointed a member, and became secretary. in 1880 he was made state registrar and commissioner of public health on the creation of those offices. He prepared the annual reports of the vital statistics of Rhode Island from 1878 to 1885, and those of the state board of health since 1879.
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