Thomas Fitch, IV, Gov. of Connecticut

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Thomas Fitch, IV

Birthplace: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Fitch, III and Sarah Fitch
Husband of Hannah Fitch
Father of Colonel Thomas Fitch V; Jonathan Fitch Sr.; Hannah Fitch; Timothy Fitch, I; Elizabeth Rowland (Fitch) and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Fitch and Samuel Fitch
Half brother of James Fitch

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About Thomas Fitch, IV

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Fitch_%28governor%29

Thomas Fitch IV (c. 1700 – July 18, 1774) was governor of the Connecticut Colony from 1754 to 1766.


Fitch was born, probably at Norwalk, Connecticut, the son of Thomas3 Fitch and his wife, Elizabeth Lane Fitch.[1] He graduated from Yale in 1721 then went on to obtain a Masters degree.[2] Fitch married Hannah Hall in 1724. The couple had several children the first Thomas Fitch V was born in 1725. Thomas Fitch IV served as Norwalk Justice of the Peace, Deputy and Assistant to the Connecticut General Assembly, Deputy Governor, Chief Justice (to the Connecticut Superior Court), and finally Governor of the Colony of Connecticut.


Fitch died July 18, 1774. He is buried in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.


His grave inscription

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Fitch_(governor)#His_grave_inscription

Fitch house


The Fitch house was partially burned during the "burning of Norwalk" raid carried out by William Tryon and British troops in July 1779 and only one wing of the house was left standing. Fitch descendants lived in the rebuilt house until 1945. In 1956 the Fitch house was relocated to make way for the construction of the Connecticut Turnpike. It stands today as part of the Mill Hill Historic Park in Norwalk next to the Green.


Legacy

Fitch Street in East Norwalk is named in honor of the Fitch family including: Thomas Fitch I (1612–1704), a town founder; Thomas IV, the governor; and Thomas Fitch V, soldier and patriot.
His son, Colonel Thomas Fitch V (1725–1795), served with British colonial troops in the French and Indian Wars; primarily in upstate New York, near Fort Crailo. After that conflict Thomas V returned to Norwalk and was a prominent resident during and after the American Revolution. He served as a town councilman and helped with the reconstruction efforts after the burning of Norwalk in 1779.
The former Thomas Fitch school along Strawberry Hill Avenue in Norwalk was named in his honor, as well as to honor the other Thomas Fitches who contributed to the town.
The unincorporated settlement of Fitchville, located in the Firelands area of the historic Connecticut Western Reserve in the State of Ohio, is named for the governor and his family.
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Thomas Fitch, IV, Gov. of Connecticut's Timeline

1699
1699
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
1724
September 4, 1724
Age 25
Norwalk, CT
1725
August 12, 1725
Age 26
unknown
1727
April 12, 1727
Age 28
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1731
April 10, 1731
Age 32
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1733
September 20, 1733
Age 34
Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
1735
1735
Age 36
Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
1737
1737
Age 38
Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
1738
1738
Age 39
unknown
1741
1741
Age 42
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