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Joseph L. Fisher

Joe Fisher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Joel Broyhill
Succeeded by Frank Wolf
Personal details
Born (1914-01-11)January 11, 1914
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Died February 19, 1992(1992-02-19) (aged 78)
Arlington, Virginia
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Harvard University
George Washington University
Religion Unitarian

Joseph Lyman (Joe) Fisher (January 11, 1914 – February 19, 1992) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia from 1975 to 1981. Fisher was a Democrat and lifelong Unitarian, Fisher was an active volunteer lay leader in the Unitarian Universalist Association, serving on the UUA's Board of Trustees and as moderator (the highest volunteer position in the UUA) from 1964 until 1977.

Private life

Fisher was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and graduated in 1935 with an economic degree. He met Margaret "Peggy" Winslow on a blind date, in her home town, Indianapolis, on January 1, 1941. She was a sophomore at Wellesley College; he had begun graduate studies in economics at Harvard University. It was a whirlwind romance: in April Fisher proposed; a little more than a year later, on June 27, 1942, they were married. They had 3 daughters and 4 sons.

Professional career

After several years working at an accounting firm, Fisher was hired by the think tank known as Resources for the Future, Inc.

In 1974, Fisher was elected to Congress from George Mason University in 1986.


In 1985 Fisher had back pain which was diagnosed as bone cancer and went into remission after treatments, but the cancer returned in early 1991. He died on February 19, 1992, in Arlington, Virginia, and his ashes where buried at Arlington National Cemetery beside two 2-star generals.


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