About James Fisk
James Fisk (October 4, 1763 – November 17, 1844) was a politician from Vermont who was elected to the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. Born in Greenwich, Massachusetts, he was self-educated and served in the Revolutionary War from 1779 to 1782.
He has a member of the Massachusetts General Court in 1785, entered the Universalist ministry, and preached occasionally; in 1798 he moved to Barre, Vermont, where he practiced law.
Fisk was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives 1800-1805, 1809–1810, 1815; judge of the Orange County Court 1802-1809, 1816; he was selected as the member from Orange County to locate the capital in 1803. He was chairman of the committee that endeavored to get a settlement of the northern boundary with Canada in 1804. Fisk was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1804, defeated in 1808, and elected again in 1811. He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections.
Fisk was appointed United States judge for the Territory of Indiana in 1812, but declined. He worked as judge of the Supreme Court of Vermont from 1815–1816, and elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dudley Chase. He served in the Senate from November 4, 1817, to January 8, 1818, when he resigned. Fisk worked as collector of customs for the district of Vermont from 1818 to 1826.