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Thomas Fitch, IV, Governor of Connecticut

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Death: July 18, 1774 (75)
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Fitch, III and Elizabeth 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 James Fitch and Elizabeth Raymond
Half brother of Samuel Fitch

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About Thomas Fitch, IV, Governor of Connecticut

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

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.


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, Governor of Connecticut's Timeline

New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
August 12, 1725
Age 26
April 12, 1727
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April 10, 1731
Age 32
September 20, 1733
Age 34
Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
Age 36
Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
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Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
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