Thacher, John Marshall
Age: 26, credited to Barre, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: comn CPT, Co. I, 13th VT INF, 9/23/62 (10/4/62), m/o 7/21/63 [College: UVM 59]
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Birth: abt 1836, Vermont
Burial: Prosper Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 60247154
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS Collections, USAHEC off-site, 13th History
College?: UVM 59
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
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CAPTAIN JOHN M. THATCHER. Prior to enlistment was assistant principal of Barre Academy. After serving his term he returned and acted in the same capacity for a time when he obtained a position in the Patent Office, Washington, D. C, from there he went to Chicago, and formed a partnership with Captain Coburn of Company C, as patent lawyers, and amassed quite a fortune. He died several years ago.
Source: Sturtevant, p. 672
John M. THACHER, member of the firm of Coburn & Thacher, attorneys and counselors at law, is the son of Rev. Joseph and Nancy A. Thacher, and was born in Barre, Vt., on July 1, 1836. Both parents were from Woodstock, Vt., and on the paternal side he is descended from a long line of clergymen who were distinguished for their religious work and talents. He was fitted for college at Barre, and entered the University of Vermont in 1855, graduating with honors in the class of 1859. After his graduation, he was engaged as instructor in the academies of Lyndon, Vt., and Andover, Mass., until 1861, when he enlisted in Co. "I," 13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry, with the rank of captain, and served three years in the War of the Rebellion. In 1864, he entered the Patent Department, Washington, D. C, as clerk, where he continued until 1874, during which time he was advanced, by successive appointments, until he occupied the position of Commissioner of the Department. In the meantime, he devoted much of his time to the study of law, and in April, 1870, was admitted to the Bar at Alexandria, Va. He took an active part in the political construction of the State of Virginia, and was a delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1868, which nominated Grant and Colfax, and, in 1870, was a member of the State Central Committee of Virginia. In 1873, he represented the government in the international patent congress at Vienna, Austria. Two years later he located in Chicago, associating himself with L. L. Coburn, and has since been actively engaged in practice, making a specialty of patent law.
A. T. Andreas, History of Chicago, (A. T. Andreas, Chicago, 1886), 3:275
John M. Thatcher
Prior to enlistment was assistant principal of Barre Academy. After serving his term he returned and acted in the same capacity for a time when he obtained a position in the Patent Office, Washington, D.C., from there he went to Chicago, and formed a partnership with Captain Coburn of Company C, as patent lawyers, and amassed quite a fortune. He died several years ago (about 1908).
University of Vermont Class of 1859, member of Delta Psi fraternity
Source: Ralph Orson Sturtevant, historian, Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, (privately published, c1910), p. 672.
John M. Thacher, a prominent Chicago lawyer and ex-commissioner of patents, died at the home of his uncle, H. Atwood, in Woodstock Feb. 23d, aged 60 years. He was born in Barre in 1836 and was the son of Rev. Joseph Thacher, for eight years pastor of the Cong'l church in Tunbridge, where he died in 1844. He was a lineal descendant of Rev. Thomas Thacher, the first pastor of the Old South Cong'l church in Boston. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served nine months as captain of Co. I, 13th Vt. Vols.
Source: Vermont Phoenix, March 12, 1897
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.