William Sydney Thayer

William Sydney Thayer

Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 10 Apr 1864 (aged 34)
Alexandria, El Eskenderiya, Egypt
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 16150506 · View Source
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Parents: Abijah Wyman and Susanna (Bradley) Thayer. William Sydney Thayer never married.

Graduated from Harvard University in 1850. Served on the staff of the New York Evening Post as a reporter and eventually served as a Washington correspondent. He was commissioned the Consul General to Egypt on March 20, 1861. Died on April 10, 1864 in Alexandria, Egypt of sickness probably malaria.

MR. THAYER, late Consul-General of the United States in Egypt, died at Alexandria on the 10th of April—an event which we record with sincere regret in the columns of this paper, to which he had been a contributor. He had been long in feeble health, but he had youth and hope upon his side, and his friends trusted that an entire change of climate and occupation might work also an entire change of health. But profoundly interested in his important duties as a foreign representative of his country, thoroughly in sympathy with the great cause for which we are struggling, he could hardly give mind or body the absolute needful rest. Even the soft touch of Egypt could not heal him ; and at the age of thirty-four the modest, genial, energetic, accomplished man dies at his post, and dies leaving no one who ever knew him who will not long and deeply regret his loss.

The above news item is from Harper's Weekly, Date: May 21, 1864.

William Sydney Thayer was born on April 15, 1829, in Haverhill, Mass. Thayer entered Harvard University as a sophomore in 1847 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1850, after which he acted a a professional tutor and lawyer. In 1853 he moved to New York and joined the staff of the New York Evening Post as a reporter and eventually served a Washington correspondent. I was there that he came to the notice of the State Department and the newly elected President Abraham Lincoln. Thayer was commissioned on March 20, 1861 and set sail for Europe and then Alexandria, seat of the Khedive. This was a very important posting as the Union blockade had cut off access to American cotton leaving Egypt as the only truly viable source of the textile. He died on April 10, 1864 of sickness, probably Malaria.

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