Thacher, Peter (4), Dd

Thacher, Peter (4), D.D.

an eminent Congregational minister, was born at Milton, Mass., March 21, 1752. He graduated at Harvard College in 1769, and was ordained pastor Sept. 19. 1770, at Malden, Mass., from which charge he was dismissed to allow his acceptance of a call from Brattle Street Church, Boston, Dec. 8,1784. He entered upon his new charge Jan. 12, 1785, and there continued until his health failed. He died in Savannah Dec. 16, 1802. He was an active member of the convention which met in Boston in 1780 to frame a state constitution, and opposed the retention of the governor's office. The University of Edinburgh made him D.D. in 1791. He published, An Oration against Standing Armies (1776): — Three Sermons in Proof of the Eternity of Future Punishments (1782): — Observations on the State of the Clergy in New England, with Strictures upon the Power of Dismissing them Usurped by some Churches (1783): — A Reply to Strictures upon the Preceding: (1788): — Memoirs of Dr. Boylston (1789): — and several occasional sermons. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 1, 718.

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