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Walter Lowrie Fisher (July 4, 1862 – November 9, 1935) was United States Secretary of the Interior under President William Howard Taft from 1911 to 1913.

Walter Fisher
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25th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
March 13, 1911 – March 5, 1913
PresidentWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded byRichard Ballinger
Succeeded byFranklin Knight Lane
Personal details
Walter Lowrie Fisher

(1862-07-04)July 4, 1862
Wheeling, Virginia, U.S. (now West Virginia)
DiedNovember 9, 1935(1935-11-09) (aged 73)
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mabel Taylor
EducationHanover College (BA)

Fisher was born July 4, 1862 in Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) to Daniel Webster Fisher (1838 – 1913), a Presbyterian minister, and his wife Amanda D. Kouns († 1911). Educated at Hanover College in Indiana from which he graduated in 1883. While at Hanover, he was initiated into the Chi Chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1890, he was elected as the fifth Grand Consul (the National President) of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, a position he held until 1892. He married Mabel Taylor on April 22, 1891 and they had five sons and two daughters.

His papers, covering his professional and political careers and containing 14,000 items, are in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.[1]

Fisher had a brother, Dr. Howard Lowrie Fisher, who established a hospital for war victims in France during World War I. He survived the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915 by jumping off the ship.

Dr. Fisher died November 9, 1935 in Winnetka, Illinois.


  1. ^ "ArchiveGrid : Walter L. Fisher papers, 1871-1963". Retrieved 12 November 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Achilles Ballinger
U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Served under: William Howard Taft

Succeeded by
Franklin Knight Lane