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FITCH, Graham Newell, senator, born in Le Roy, New York, 5 December 1809. He received a classical education, studied at the medical College in Fairfield, New York, and settled at Logansport, Indiana, in 1834, where he still (1887) resides. From 1844 till 1847 he was a professor in Rush medical College, Chicago, and from 1878 till 1883 taught the art and science of surgery in the Indiana medical college. He was an Indiana presidential elector in 1844, 1848, and 1856, and a delegate to the National Democratic convention, New York, in 1868. From 1836 till 1839 he was a member of the legislature of Indiana, and held a seat in congress from 3 December 1849, till 3 March 1853. He was subsequently elected United States senator from Indiana, and served as such from 9 February 1857, till 3 March 1861. In the autumn of that year Dr. Fitch raised the 46th regiment of Indiana volunteers, with other troops, and was commissioned colonel. He remained in the field until November 1862, when he was compelled to resign on account of injuries received. He commanded the land forces at the capture of Fort Pillow, at Memphis. Tennessee, and also at St. Charles, Arkansas.
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