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Fisher, Alexander Metcalf, 1794-1822


Alexander Metcalf Fisher was born in 1794 in Franklin, Massachusetts, to Caleb Fisher (1768-1862) and Sarah Cushing Fisher (1771-1835). Fisher studied at Yale College from 1809-1813, and at the Andover Theological Seminary in 1814, before returning to Yale in 1815 to serve as a tutor. He was later promoted to Adjunct Professor (1817) and Full Professor (1819) of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. Before his premature death in the wreck of the ship Albion on 1822 April 22, Fisher was engaged to women’s education advocate Catharine Beecher (1800-1878).

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Alexander Metcalf Fisher Papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1473
Overview: The Alexander Metcalf Fisher papers consist of correspondence, scientific and personal writings, school notes, eulogies, and other material by or about the Yale College student (Class of 1813) and Yale professor. Drafts and calculations for articles on mathematics, physics, astronomy, and other subjects published between 1817 and 1822, as well as scripts for forty lectures in natural philosophy, illustrate Fisher’s academic career in the context of contemporary scientific learning. Documenting...
Dates: 1803-1898, bulk 1809-1822, 1803-1898, bulk 1809-1822