Rev William Makepeace Thayer

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Rev William Makepeace Thayer

  • Birth 23 Feb 1820 Franklin, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 7 Apr 1898 Franklin, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Franklin, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 50424783

Parents: Davis and Betsey (Makepeace) Thayer.
Husband of Rebecca W. (Richards) Thayer.

Graduated from Brown University in 1843. He was licensed to preach by the Mendon Congregational conference in 1844. He was the Editor of the Boston Home Monthly Magazine. He was also an author of many juvenile stories.

THAYER, William Makepeace, son
of Davis and Betsey Thayer, was born in Franklin, Norfolk county, February 23, 1820.
His early education was received in the district schools. He also avers, "A good mother led, taught, and fashioned me." At fifteen years of age he entered Franklin Academy, and there fitted for college.

He immediately devoted himself to authorship and editorial work. He edited the "Home Monthly" several years, then the "Nation," a temperance paper, while he was secretary of the Temperance Alliance. He wrote much, also, for the religious and secular press. Mr. Thayer was secretary of the Temperance Alliance fourteen years, usually visiting the various churches on Sunday to speak in behalf of the temperance cause. In 1876 he returned to authorship, his present vocation.
He was married in Franklin, October 19, 1845, to Rebecca W., daughter of Calvin and Luanda Richards, of Dover. Of this union were f1ve children: two died in infancy, and one at five years of age. The living children are: Eugene R. and Addison Monroe Thayer.
Mr. Thayer has published in all thirtyfive volumes. His principal works are: "The Poor Boy and Merchant Prince," "The Good Girl and True Woman," "From Poor House to Pulpit," "The Pioneer Boy," "Youth's History of the Rebellion," " Life at the Fireside," "The Bobbin Boy," "The Printer Boy," " Life of Charles Jewett," "From Log Cabin to Yhite House," " From Pioneer Home to AVhite House," " From Tannery to White House," and " Marvels of thp New West."
His books were written mostly for the young, he being one of the few whose books of this nature are of the style and matter to interest both youth and age.
Mr. Thayer was a representative to the Cieneral Court from Ashland in 1856, and from Franklin in 1863.


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  • Created by: Marc Thayer, III
  • Added: 29 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50424783
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev William Makepeace Thayer (23 Feb 1820–7 Apr 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50424783, citing Union Street Cemetery, Franklin, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Marc Thayer, III (contributor 46542959) .