Fisk, George M.

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Economic History, International Trade


George Mygatt Fisk came to the University of Illinois in 1902 as Professor of Commerce, after completing his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Edmund J. James.  He took his doctorate from the University of Munich.

A pioneer in the school of commerce, Professor Fisk was the fourth professor to be requested by Dr. Kinley to join the 5-member founding faculty.  He would go on to establish coursework in Commercial Geography, Commercial Politics, and the History of Commercial Relations Between the United States and Germany.  In addition, he would write one of the school's first textbooks entitled, “Principles in Commerce.”

An Editor of Longman's Commercial Text-Books, Professor Fisk was an outstanding writer, and would achieve prominent stature in his chosen field of study, German-American Relations.

Professor Fisk would leave the University of Illinois in 1908, to help with the business affairs of his wife's family in Madison, Wisconsin.  In May of 1910, his life would meet with tragedy, a death by drowning.  He would leave behind a great many friends at Illinois who were all greatly shocked by his sudden and untimely death.


University of Munich, 1890


  • Fisk, George M, and Paul S. Peirce. International Commercial Policies: With Special Reference to the United States; a Text-Book. New York: Macmillan, 1923. Print.
  • Fisk, George M. Continental Opinion Regarding a Proposed Middle European Tariff-Union. , 1902. Print.
  • Fisk, George M. Die Handelspolitischen Und Sonstigen Völkerrechtlichen Beziehungen Zwischen Deutschland Und Den Vereinigten Staaten Von Amerika: Eine Historisch-Statische Studie. Stuttgart: J.G. Cotta'sche buchhandlung nachf, 1897. Print.
  • Fisk, George M. Preferential Tariff Rates and British Imperial Federation: Rapport. Place of publication not identified: publisher not identified, 1905. Print.

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