History

Early Settlers

James Fitch

193 Bratenahl Road

James Fitch was born in 1821 and educated in the Cleveland schools. He graduated from Yale University and studied law in Philadelphia. James returned to Cleveland and became associated with the prominent firm of Hitchcock, Wilson & Wade for a short time and admitted to the bar in 1849. In 1852, he became a school manager for the Cleveland Schools. Fitch together with figures such as J. D. Cleveland, W. D. Beattie, R. B. Dennis, Harvey Rice, Ansel Roberts, and Thomas Jones, Jr. was a crucial figure in the history of Cleveland schools.

James Fitch died in 1904 and buried in Lakeview Cemetery.