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John Boyd Thacher, 1847-1909

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1847.09.11
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Date of Death: 1909.02.25
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John Boyd Thacher was a wealthy businessnman and collector. He married Emma Treadwell in 1872.


Thacher was born in New York State and inherited the family business Thacher Car Wheel Works from his father. He became a prominent public figure, entering the New York state senate on a Democrat ticket in 1883. He was a committed social reformer particularly in the area of housing and prisons. In 1890, he was appointed a member of the commission for the World's Columbian Exhibition by President Harrison. Thacher was a keen collector of fine book editions. His collection also reflected his interest in fifteenth century printing.


Fitch, Charles Elliott, Encyclopedia of Biography of New York. A life record of men and women of the past, whose sterling character and energy and industry have made them pre-ëminent in their own and many other states, vol. 3, Boston and New York, 1923.