Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872

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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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creatorOf Cozzens, William B. [Articles of agreement regarding USMA messhouse] United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Monroe, James, 1758-1831. Correspondence with Sylvanus Thayer: [manuscript], 1826. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bowman, A. H. (Alexander Hamilton), 1803-1865. Letters, 1856-1859. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. The Sylvanus Thayer papers, 1808-1862. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
referencedIn Mansfield, Jared, 1759-1830. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Eleuthère Irénée, 1771-1834. Papers, 1771-1922. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Mackay, Aeneas, d. 1850. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Lewis Cass papers, 1774-1924. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Gratiot, Charles, 1788-1855. Letter, 1828 Nov. 22, Washington [to] Col Thayer. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Deed of Gift, 1869 July 4. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn An expose of the facts, concerning recent transactions, relating to the corps of cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IId, 1837-1844 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Maps of Boston Harbor, 1820. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn David Bullock Harris papers, 1789-1894 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Thayer School of Engineering. Records, 1867- Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Van Deventer, Christopher, d. 1838. Christopher Van Deventer papers, 1799-1925. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Blaisdell, Daniel, 1806-1875. Receipt of payment, 1868 July 8 [n.p.], to Sylvanus Thayer [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. [Flask in basket weave covering, formerly owned by Sylvanus Thayer] [realia]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Swift, J. G. (Joseph Gardner), 1783-1865. Memoir from the diaries of J.G. Swift. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Swift, J. G. (Joseph Gardner), 1783-1865. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Upton, Emory, 1839-1881. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Downey, Fairfax Davis, 1893-. Papers, 1970-1972. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Cram, Thomas Jefferson, 1807?-1883. Extracts from "Recollections jotted down during half a century's active service-four years as a cadet-forty six years as an officer in the United States Army." United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Lewis Cass papers, Cass, Lewis, papers, 1774-1924 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Wagstaff, David, 1910-. [Military manuscript collection]. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Sylvanus Thayer letter to James Monroe, [manuscript] 1827, June 23. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Floyd, Charles K., fl. 1818. Letters. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Letter to James Monroe 1827, June 23. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Smith, Frederick Augustus, 1812-1852. Letter, 1832 Dec. 9th [to] Hon. Lewis Cass, Secretary at [sic] War. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Miscellaneous documents relating to the Thayer School, 1867-1871. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Harris, David Bullock, 1814-1864. Papers, 1789-1894. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Letter, 1855 July 27, Boston, to Wm. H. Duncan, Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf United States Military Academy. Quartermaster's Dept. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Monroe, James, 1758-1831. Letters : concerning the University of Virginia, 1826- 1828. James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library
referencedIn Humphreys, A. A. (Andrew Atkinson), 1810-1883. Letter, 1880 Dec. 23, Washington. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Letters, 1821 May 29-1859 December 24, v.p., to George Ticknor, New York and Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845. Letters. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862. Letter, 1825 June 6, Albany [to] Col. Sylvanus Thayer. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Cullum, George W. (George Washington), 1809-1892. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Letter, 1862 December 22, South Braintree, Mass., to Col. S. Sweat, [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Partridge, Alden, 1785-1854. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Webster, Horace, 1794-1871. Letter, 1854 May 23, New York Free Academy [to George Cullum]. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIc, 1826-1836 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Alden Partridge Papers, 1807-1959, (bulk 1817-1842) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Christopher Van Deventer papers, Van Deventer, Christopher, papers, 1799-1925 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf United States Military Academy. Extracts from Military Academy Letter Book[s]. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Kemble, Gouverneur, 1786-1875. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Monroe, James, 1758-1831. James Monroe letter to an unnamed correspondent, probably John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, [manuscript] 1819 Sept. 20. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Davies, Charles, 1798-1876. Letters to Sylvanus Thayer [manuscript] 1827 Jun 17 and 22. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Harris, David Bullock, 1814-1864. Family papers 1789-1894. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872. Letter, 1868 December 26, South Braintree, Mass., to George Ticknor, [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn McIlvaine, Charles Pettit, 1799-1873. Letter, 1843 Dec. 4, New York [to] the Reverend Dr. Whewell, Trinity College, Cambridge. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf O'Connor, John Michael, fl. 1812-1824. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Palfrey, John Carver, 1833-1906. Papers. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Barbour, James, 1775-1842. University of Virginia correspondence of James Madison and James Monroe [manuscript], 1827-1830. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Partridge, Alden, 1785-1854. Alden Partridge papers, 1807-1959 (bulk 1817-1842). Library of Congress
referencedIn Adams, Charles Francis, 1807-1886. Letter, 1870 June 15, Quincy [Mass.], to George Ticknor, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
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associatedWith Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. person
associatedWith Smith, Frederick Augustus, 1812-1852. person
associatedWith Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Boston Harbor Islands (Mass.)
Massachusetts
Massachusetts--Boston
Virginia--Charlottesville
Boston Harbor (Mass.)
Charlestown (Boston, Mass.)
Virginia--Charlottesville
Subject
Military engineering
Mathematics teachers
Occupation
Topographical surveying
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Birth 1785-06-09

Death 1872-09-07

Male

Americans

English

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