Eli Thayer


Eli Thayer Famous memorial

Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 15 Apr 1899 (aged 79)
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot section 25 lot 4018
Memorial ID 7505496 View Source

U.S. Congressman. He attended the academies of Bellingham and Amherst, the Worcester Manual Labor School and taught school in Douglas, Massachusetts (1835-36). He graduated from Brown University at Providence in 1845 and was an instructor in Worcester Academy (1845-48). He also studied law, was admitted to the bar, but did not practice law and founded the Oread Collegiate Institute, a school for young women in 1848. He was an alderman of Worcester (1852-53) and a member of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives (1853-54). While in the state legislature, he organized the New England Emigrant Aid Company, which set up an advance colony of antislavery settlers to Kansas. In 1857, he was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses, serving until 1861. An unsuccessful candidate for reelection, he engaged in railroad and business pursuits until his death.

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