Finding aid for the Zalmon Fitch Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Fitch, Zalmon
Title: Zalmon Fitch Papers
Dates: 1781-1866
Extent: 7.00 linear feet (15 containers)
Abstract: Zalmon Fitch (1785-1860) was an early Ohio attorney and land agent, and a leader in the financial circles of Cleveland and Warren, Ohio. Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Fitch established the second general store in the Western Reserve in Canfield, Ohio, in 1810. He moved to Warren in 1813 and served as the land agent for several of the original stockholders of the Connecticut Land Company. Fitch was cashier of the Western Reserve Bank when it was established in 1816 and served in that capacity for 23 years until he became president. Fitch was the trustee appointed by the receivers of the Bank of Cleveland to settle its affairs after its collapse in the Panic of 1837. Fitch also served on the board of directors of the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad in 1859. The ollection consists of correspondence, contracts, surveys, financial calculations, tax records, receipts, promissory notes, sight drafts, insurance policies, powers of attorney, and miscellaneous legal papers, relating to Fitch's activities as a land agent; records of the Bank of Cleveland and the Western Reserve Bank; correspondence concerning the Banks of Geauga, Geneva, Orleans, and St. Clair, the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad, and the Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad; correspondence and transactions of Simon Perkins, Elihu Spencer, and William Williams; and copies of letters, a will, affidavits, and an essay pertaining to John Fitch, inventor of the steamboat.
MS Number MS 0581
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English