About Arthur William Fisher

Niagara by Arthur William Fisher
Portrait of Arthur William Fisher

Dr. Arthur W. Fisher was born at Pultneyville, New York, on February 14, 1872, and received his preliminary education at the cobblestone school in that village. When 17 he entered Sodus Academy, from which he graduated in June 1892. The following Fall he entered the Marion Collegiate Institute to prepare for Cornell University, which he entered in 1894, graduating four years later with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He took a post-graduate course at Cornell and received his Ph.D. degree.

He taught for several years, and in 1905 entered the Medical School at Ann Arbor, Mich., from which he graduated with the degree of M.D. He remained at the college where he did research work in the laboratories, making several chemical discoveries. After leaving Ann Arbor he went to Toledo, Ohio, where he became the head of the faculty of the medical school. In 1914 Dr. Fisher came to his home town to resume active practice. He contributed to “Medical World” and wrote a series of poems which appeared in book form under the titles of “Lake Breezes,” “Land Breezes,” and “Niagara and Other Poems.”

From an obituary supplied by his nephew, Philip C. Fisher, May 2003.

Niagara Falls Coat of Arms
Niagara Falls Coat of Arms. Used with permission of the City of Niagara Falls.

On May 15, 2006 The Corporation of the City of Niagara Falls was granted a new Coat of Arms, including the motto “Tread the Smoother Ways of Peace.”  This motto was taken from Dr. Fisher’s poem Niagara,  which the Canadian Heraldic Authority found on this website.  From the description:

“This sentence is taken from Dr. Arthur William Fisher’s poem Niagara, published in 1924. As Niagara Falls is the most famous border city in Canada, this alludes to the peaceful relationship with the United States, valued particularly in a region that saw terrible battles in the War of 1812. This motto can serve as an exhortation to all citizens to advance the cause of peace.”

Dr. Fisher’s poem Niagara

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