THATCHER, George

1754–1824

Biography

THATCHER, George, a Delegate and a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Yarmouth, in the county of Barnstable, Mass., April 12, 1754; prepared for college by a private instructor; was graduated from Harvard College in 1776; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1778 and commenced practice in York, Maine; moved to Biddeford, Maine, in 1782; Member of the Continental Congress 1787-1789; elected to the First Congress; reelected to the Second and Third Congresses and reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth through Sixth Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1801); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Fifth Congress); did not seek renomination in 1800, having accepted a judicial appointment; district judge in Maine 1792-1800; associate judge of the supreme court of Massachusetts 1800-1820; delegate in 1819 to the constitutional convention of Maine, which until 1820 was a district of Massachusetts; again a judge of the supreme court of Maine 1820-1824; died in Biddeford, Maine, April 6, 1824; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1783-1798. 204 letters. All but 4 are letters received and concern personal and business matters. Finding aid in repository. Partially restricted.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1789-1792, 35 items. Handwritten transcripts of letters from George Thatcher to his wife, Sarah Savage Thacher, Biddeford, District of Maine, Me.. regarding family matters; a letter from George Thatcher to William Taylor written on July 9, 1789, regarding commercial policy discussed in Congress; and one letter from John Avery to George Thatcher written on March 29, 1789, regarding the first Congress and financial matters.

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: In the Jeremiah Hill List of York County Representatives, 1789, 1 item. A letter from Jeremiah Hill to George Thatcher written on May 20, 1789. In the letter, Hill encloses a list of York County, Me., Representatives.

New England Historic Genealogical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Robert Southgate papers, 1720-1832. 2 feet. Inventory in repository.

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Library

New York, NY
Papers: Copy of family history and genealogy by Thacher in the Thacher family papers. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Kaplan, Lawrence S. "A New Englander Defends the War of 1812: Senator Varnum to Judge Thatcher." Mid-America 46 (October 1964): 269-80.

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