Joshua Francis Fisher

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Joshua Francis Fisher (February 17, 1807 Philadelphia - January 21, 1873) was a United States author and philanthropist.


He graduated in 1825 at Harvard College, and was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia in 1829, but did not practice. He became an incorporator of the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind and studied questions of United States, in particular of Pennsylvania, history. He married Elizabeth Powell Francis, who died during the birth of their only child, Joshua Francis Fisher, who was brought up by relatives. During the American Civil War, he sympathized with the Confederacy.


  • The Private Life and Domestic Habits of William Penn (1836)
  • The Degradation of Our Representative System and Its Reform (1863)
  • Reform in Our Municipal Elections (a pamphlet, 1866)


  • Wikisource-logo.svg¬†This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain:¬†Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Fisher, Joshua Francis". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
  • William Bristol Shaw (1931). "Fisher, Joshua Francis". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
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