Jared and Susannah Arnold papers 1799-1857 (bulk 1800-1851)
Fisher Ames was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, on April 9, 1758, the son of Nathaniel Ames and Deborah Fisher. After graduating from Harvard College in 1774, he taught school and practiced law in Dedham. His lengthy political career included terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1788) and the United States House of Representatives (1789-1796), and an appointment to the Massachusetts convention regarding the ratification of the United States Constitution. In 1804, he declined an invitation to become president of Harvard, citing his poor health. Fisher Ames died on July 4, 1808.