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Lewis Fueter
Date: 1746 - 1784
Remarks: Active, NYC 1769-1783 Known in his birth country as Ludwig Anton, the son of a goldsmith Daniel Christian Fueter, he fled with his family when they were forced to leave Switzerland for political reasons. They went first to London and then to New York in 1754. During the family's three7year hiatus in Connecticut, Lewis completed his training under his father. Shortly after their return to the city, the "New-York Gazette (January 1769)" announced the partnership of Daniel and Lewis Fueter "in Dock-Street, next to Mr. G. Dykinck's." The partnership lasted only a few months, however, because Daniel and most of the family returned to Europe in autumn 1769, leaving only sons Lewis and Daniel, Jr. In May 1774 Lewis advertised that he had moved his shop "from the Coffee-House Bridge to the house in Queen-=street, lately occupied by Mr. Judah, Silver Smith, and opposite Robert G. Livingston, Esq." He became a freeman in 1775. When the British evacuated New York in 1783, Fueter went with them to Halifax. Shortly thereafter he went to Jamaica, where he drowned in 1784. Although the number of possessions at the time of his death was small, he was hardly destitute. He owned a gold watch, a sliver-hilted sword, 130 ounces of silver, and "Sundry Silversmiths Tools much damaged with Saltwater." A severe hurricane hit Jamaica early in August 1784. The damage was extensive with twenty-three ships sunk and twenty more driven ashore. It is probably that the storm was the cause of Fueter's death.