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Peter Thacher (1810 - 1894)

Judge Peter Thacher
Born in Kennebunk, York, Maine, United Statesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about Apr 1841 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United Statesmap
Died in Newtonville, Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Peter was born in 1810. He passed away in 1894.


Judge Peter Thacher Dies at His Home In Newtonville

Judge Peter Thacher died at 2 o'clock yesterday at his home, 119 Lowell st, Newtonville. He had been an invalid and a great sufferer for about two years, and for the past few weeks has been gradually failing in strength. He was born in Kennebunk, Me, Oct 14, 1810. and was fifth in direct descent from Rev Thomas Thacher, the first pastor of the Old South church, Boston. Judge Thacher took a collegiate course at Bowdoin college, being graduated with the class of 1831. Among his classmates was Dr Samuel Harris, a prominent orthodox divine, subsequently president of Bowdoin college, and connected more recently with the Bangor theological seminary and with Yale college. After graduating Judge Thacher studied law for several years in the office of his uncle, Judge William Pitt Preble of the U S court at Portland. He was married in 1841 to Miss Margaret L. Potter, daughter of Judge Barrett Potter. About 1837 he began the practice of law in Machias, remaining in that place until 1854, when he removed to Rockland. where he practiced for 17 years. While there he became commissioner of the U S circuit court, and in I867 was appointed register in bankruptcy. In the summer of 1871 he removed with his faintly to West Newton in this state. He opened a law office with his son Stephen at Pemberton sq, Boston, later removing to 87 Milk st, and practiced until the spring of 1892, when he retired, relinquishing the business to his son. He succeeded Judge Gardiner as city solicitor of Newton. His service commenced Jan 17, 1876, and lasted five years, being of great value to the city In several important matters. Judge Thacher was a member and constant attendant of the Unitarian church, West Newton, until his health became Impaired. He removed to Newtonville about one year ago. He was for a number of years a member of the New England historical society. He leaves a wife and nine children, five daughters and four sons. One of his daughters married Col Thomas Wentworth Higginson; another is the wife of Dr Edward Channing, assistant professor of history at Harvard college, and one married Rev Herbert W. Lathe, for some time settled at Northampton, and late of Silverton, Colo. The sons are Stephen Thacher. who succeeded his father in the law business; George W., of the firm of Wood, Loring & Co, bankers, Boston; Henry W. L., a cotton broker in St Louis, Mo, and Rev Francis Thacher, a Unitarian clergyman.[1]


Name: Peter Thacher
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 21 Oct 1894
Event Place: Newton, Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Age: 84
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Lawyer
Birth Year (Estimated): 1810
Birthplace: Kennebunk, Me.
Burial Place: Newton, Massachusetts
Father's Name: Stephen
Father's Birthplace: Lebanon, Conn.
Mother's Name: Harriet Preble
Mother's Birthplace: York, Me.[2]


  1. The Boston Globe Boston, Massachusetts 22 Oct 1894, Mon • Page 2
  2. "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 6 April 2020), Peter Thacher, 21 Oct 1894; citing Newton, Massachusetts, v 446 p 335, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 961,513.
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 14 December 2020), memorial page for Peter Thacher (14 Oct 1810–21 Oct 1894), Find A Grave: Memorial #171178554, citing Newton Cemetery, Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Robert Sage (contributor 47414838) .

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