Alexander Metcalf Fisher was born in Franklin, Mass., 1794. He graduated Bachelor of Arts, at Yale College, in 1813; was elected, in 1815, a tutor of the College, and, in 1817, Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. In the spring of 1822, he determined to visit Europe, chiefly with the view of improving himself in his profession, by seeing the state of foreign institutions. He sailed from New York, April 1st, in the Albion, for Liverpool, and perished by shipwreck, on the morning of the 22d of the same month, not far from Kinsale on the coast of Ireland. Professor Fisher was a man of superior mental endowments, and of uncommon attainments in various departments of knowledge. in the mathematical and physical sciences especially, his genius was conspicuous, and his published papers gave promise that their author would soon have reached a high rank among the philosophers of his time. His early death caused a profound and wide-spread sorrow. This portrait is by S.F.B. Morse, the face being taken from an original painting by Munson, with some variations. It was presented to the College by Prof. Fisher's colleagues in office. [Pp. 20-21.]
Catalogue of Paintings, belonging to Yale College; deposited in the South Room of the Trumbull Gallery. New Haven: Printed by B.L. Hamlen, Printer to Yale College. 1852.