Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878

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John Wingate Thornton (1818-1878), a Boston lawyer, historian and antiquary, was a founder of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society in 1855. He authored several books, including _The Landing at Cape Ann_ (Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1854) and _The Pulpit of the American Revolution_ (Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1860), as well as several articles and pamphlets, including _The First Records of Anglo-American Colonization: Their History_ (Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1859) and his speech upon the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Mayflower Compact. His controversial remarks at the Popham Celebration of 29 August 1862 were considered "not in harmony with the spirit of the occasion," and were excluded from the memorial volume; Thornton subsequently had his remarks privately printed (_Colonial Schemes of Popham and Gorges; Speech of John Wingate Thornton, Esq., at the Fort Popham Celebration, 19 August 1862_, Boston, 1863) and sent copies to individuals, libraries, and historical societies as far away as Wisconsin.

From the description of Papers, 1850-1877. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207175328

American historian.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Henry B. Dawson, 1858 Sept. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270572417

Lawyer, antiquarian, historian, author, and founder of New England Historic Genealogical Society; b. in Saco, Me.; resident of Boston.

From the description of Genealogy, 1584-1877. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70974627

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creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Henry B. Dawson, 1858 Sept. 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Benson John Lossing Collection, 1843-1917 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Copway, George, 1818-1863?. Letters, 1847-1858. Newberry Library
creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Letter, 1859 September 6, Boston, Mass., to David Williams Patterson. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn James Freeman Clarke additional correspondence, 1787-1886. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891. Letter : Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to J. Wingate Thornton, Esq., 1858 May 21. Newberry Library
referencedIn Trelawny, Robert, 1598-1644?. Robert Trelawny papers, 1631-1884. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Correspondence, notes, and clippings on his review of Peter Oliver's "Puritan Commonwealth" [manuscript] 1857-1858. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Autograph File, E, 1564-1961. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Collected papers, 1658-1877. Maine State Library
referencedIn Staples, Samuel E. (Samuel Elias), 1822-1902. Papers, 1849-1900. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Jenks, William, 1778-1866. Additions to papers, 1802-1879. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Papers, 1850-1877. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891. Papers of Benson John Lossing [manuscript], 1852-1892. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Benson John Lossing Collection University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Papers, 1850-1876. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Weston, Edwin P.,. Papers of the Abbott family [manuscript] 1794-1869. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gookin, Daniel, 1756-1831. Papers of the Gookin family [manuscript], 1808-1913. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Cape Ann, Mass., collection, 1854-1894. Gloucester Archives
creatorOf Shattuck, Lemuel, 1793-1859. Genealogical memoirs of the ancestors of Clarissa B. Shattuck / compiled by her husband Lemuel Shattuck. New England Historic Genealogical Society
referencedIn Papers, 1806-1902. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Stevens, Henry, 1819-1886. Henry Stevens papers, 1712-1879 (inclusive), 1834-1879 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878. Genealogy, 1584-1877. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888 person
correspondedWith Copway, George, 1818-1863? person
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associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865, person
associatedWith Fairchild, Lucius, 1831-1896. person
associatedWith Godfrey, Edward, 1584?-1664? person
associatedWith Hillard, George Stillman, 1808-1879. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. person
associatedWith Jarvis, Edward, 1803-1884. person
associatedWith Jenks, William, 1778-1866. person
associatedWith Jordan, Robert, 1611-1679. person
associatedWith Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891. person
associatedWith Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts, collector. corporateBody
associatedWith Oliver, Peter, 1713-1791 person
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associatedWith Staples, Samuel E. (Samuel Elias), 1822-1902. person
associatedWith Stevens, Henry, 1819-1886. person
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associatedWith Thacher family. family
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associatedWith Thornton family. family
associatedWith Trelawny, Robert, 1598-1644? person
associatedWith Willis, William, 1794-1870. person
associatedWith Woods, Leonard, 1807-1878. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
New England
Saco (Me.)
Massachusetts--Boston
Maine
Ft. Popham (Me.)
New England
Subject
Archives--Law and legislation
Publishers and Publishing
Historians--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
History--Sources
Occupation
Genealogists--Massachusetts--Boston
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Birth 1818-08-12

Death 1878-06-06

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