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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
Death: 02/24/1897

Burial: Prosper Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 60247154


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS Collections, USAHEC off-site
College?: UVM 59
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site


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Prosper Cemetery, Woodstock, VT

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(Gibson Collection)


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. 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.

See also:

University of Vermont Class of 1859, member of Delta Psi fraternity

13th Vermont Regimental History

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