Papers of Fisher Ames and the Ames and Fowler families
- 1774-ca. 1900s
.4 cubic feet (1 half-legal document box and 1 flat box)
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Fisher Ames was born on April 9, 1758 in Dedham, Mass. He received an AB from Harvard in 1774 and an AM in 1777. Ames was admitted to the Suffolk County bar in 1781 and began practicing law in Dedham. In 1786, Ames wrote two series of letters to the Independent Chronicle, a Boston newspaper, assessing Shay's Rebellion, and became a Federalist spokesperson. In 1788, Ames served as one of Dedham's representatives to the Massachusetts convention to consider the ratification of the United States Constitution, and in the same year was elected first to the Massachusetts General Court, and, then in December, to the United States House of Representatives. Ames served in Congress from 1789 to 1797 as a staunch Federalist, and was well-known for his oratory skills. After retiring from Congress due to failing health, Ames continued to support the Federalist Party from his farm in Dedham. In 1806, the Harvard Corporation offered Ames the Presidency, but he declined due to his failing health. Ames died on July 4, 1808.
Ames married Frances Worthington (1764-1837) of Springfield, Mass. on July 15, 1792. The couple had six sons and a daughter: John Worthington, Nathaniel, Hannah, William, Jeremiah, Seth, and Richard.
Fisher Ames's sister, Deborah (b. 1747), married the Rev. Samuel Shuttleworth (also spelled Shuttlesworth) on January 1, 1792. Samuel Shuttleworth was born in Dedham in 1751, and he graduated from Harvard in 1777. He taught school in Dedham before moving to Windsor, Vermont in 1789. Shuttleworth preached in Windsor for a few years before practicing law in the town. Shuttleworth died in 1834. Following Deborah's death, Shuttleworth married Laura Benson, and their son, George (b. 1831), appears to have married Harriet Amelia Bayley (1833-1898), the great-granddaughter of General Jacob Bayley (1726-1815). Two of General Bayley's sons married sisters in the Fowler family: Ephraim Bayley married Hannah Fowler, and Joshua Bayley married Anna Fowler.
- Embroidered pocketbook, 1774
- Correspondence, 1792-1822
- Political speech, [ca. 1798]
- Cabinet cards, ca. 1880-1890
- Child's leather glove, ca. 1900s
- Genealogy, ca. 1900s
- Fisher, Philip A. The Fisher genealogy:A record of the descendants of Joshua, Anthony, and Cornelius Fisher, of Dedham, Mass., 1630-1640. Everett, Mass: Massachusetts Publishing Company, 1898.
- Jordon, John Woolf. Genealogical and Personal History of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania. Vol. 1, Lewis Historical Publication Co., 1913.
- Wright, Condrad Edick and Edward W. Hanson. Biographical Sketches of those who attended Harvard College in the Classes of 1772-1774. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1999.
This finding aid was created by Diann Benti in July 2011.
Preservation and description of the Papers of Fisher Ames and the Ames and Fowler families was supported, in part, by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
- Ames, Fisher, 1758-1808. Papers of Fisher Ames and the Ames and Fowler families, 1774-ca. 1900s: an inventory
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