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 Alexander Wheelock Thayer

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Alexander Wheelock Thayer

Birth
South Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
15 Jul 1897 (aged 79)
Trieste, Provincia di Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Burial
Trieste, Provincia di Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Plot
Lower level
Memorial ID
47839931 View Source

Parents: Alexander and Susanna (Bigelow) Thayer.

He was an American writer, the biographer of Ludwig van Beethoven. His work comprised a three volume set.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1843 (A.B.) and Harvard University's Law School in 1848 (LL.B).

In 1862, aided by Senator Charles Sumner, a fellow Harvard alumnus, Thayer began a diplomatic career, joining the American legation in Vienna while continuing work on his magnum opus. In 1865 he became U.S. consul in Trieste, where he served until 1882 and spent the rest of his life, filling his home with Beethoven memorabilia and participating enthusiastically in the musical and social activities of his adopted city.

The writing, translating, and publishing of his great work proved a long, complex undertaking.

At the time of his death in the city of Trieste, it was in Austria but now a part of Italy.

Parents: Alexander and Susanna (Bigelow) Thayer.

He was an American writer, the biographer of Ludwig van Beethoven. His work comprised a three volume set.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1843 (A.B.) and Harvard University's Law School in 1848 (LL.B).

In 1862, aided by Senator Charles Sumner, a fellow Harvard alumnus, Thayer began a diplomatic career, joining the American legation in Vienna while continuing work on his magnum opus. In 1865 he became U.S. consul in Trieste, where he served until 1882 and spent the rest of his life, filling his home with Beethoven memorabilia and participating enthusiastically in the musical and social activities of his adopted city.

The writing, translating, and publishing of his great work proved a long, complex undertaking.

At the time of his death in the city of Trieste, it was in Austria but now a part of Italy.

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