Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872

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Dates:
Birth 1785-06-09
Death 1872-09-07
Gender:
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Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Sylvanus Thayer was a United States (U.S.) Army officer who was appointed the superintendent of U.S. Military Academy from July 27,1817-July 1, 1833. After that he was assigned engineer duties in Boston, Massachusetts.

From the description of The Sylvanus Thayer papers, 1808-1862. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 47646716

Sylvanus Thayer was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1808, served as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1817-1833, and was then U.S. Army engineer in charge of construction of fortifications at the entrance to Boston Harbor and of improvements to New England harbors generally; he retired from the Army in 1863 with the brevetted rank of brigadier-general. He established the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in 1867, and provided a fund for a public library in Braintree, Mass., his residence.

From the description of Maps of Boston Harbor, 1820. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83623066

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Subjects:

  • Military engineering
  • Mathematics teachers

Occupations:

  • Topographical surveying

Places:

  • Boston Harbor Islands (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Massachusetts (as recorded)
  • Massachusetts--Boston (as recorded)
  • Virginia--Charlottesville (as recorded)
  • Boston Harbor (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Charlestown (Boston, Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Virginia--Charlottesville (as recorded)