Samuel Rhoads Fisher  1794-1839

Samuel Rhoads Fisher, secretary of the Texas Navy during the republic era, was born in Pennsylvania on December 31, 1794. Before 1819 he married Ann Pleasants; they had four children. Fisher came to Texas in 1830 and settled at Matagorda. He represented Matagorda Municipality in the Convention of 1836qv at Washington-on-the-Brazos and there signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Fisher's nomination by President Sam Houston as secretary of the Texas Navy was confirmed by the Senate on October 28, 1836. In October 1837 Houston suspended Fisher from office, supposedly to secure harmony and efficiency, but the Senate resented the suspension and ordered Fisher's reinstatement on October 18, 1837. Fisher died on March 14, 1839, and was buried at Matagorda. Fisher County, established in 1876, was named for him.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Linda Ericson Devereaux, The Texas Navy (Nacogdoches, Texas, 1983). Jim Dan Hill, The Texas Navy (New York: Barnes, 1962). Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959).

L. W. Kemp

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