Thacher, Tyler

Thacher, Tyler a Congregational minister, was born at Princeton, Mass., Sept. 11, 1801:. "His ancestors for several generations, both in this country and in England, had been Puritan ministers, some of them of high distinction. Among them were Rev. Peter Thacher, of Salisbury, England; Rev. Thomas Thacher, of Boston, Mass.; Rev. Peter Thacher, of Milton, Mass.; and Rev. Peter Thacher, of Attleborough, Mass. In all not less than nine generations of the family have had representatives in the Christian ministry either in England or in America." 'The subject of this sketch was a graduate of Brown University in the class of 1824, and was licensed to preach April 26, 1825, and ordained as an evangelist in Wrentham, Mass., Dec. 4, 1827. He did not permanently settle in the ministry until May 14, 1834, when he became colleague pastor with Rev. Jonathan Grant over the Congregational Church at Hawley, Mass., where he remained about nine years (1834-43) and then returned to Wrentham. For several years he supplied the Church in North Wrentham, until he moved to California in 1851. Here he remained the rest of his life, teaching and preaching, and engaged in such employments as suited his tastes. "He was distinguished among his brethren for his theological and literary attainments, and even in the wilderness where he made his home he kept up his studies in the Hebrew and Greek languages and in philosophy. He was a man of quiet, scholarly, and devout habits, and much given to the study of nature and the problems of theology." Mr. Thacher died at Cache Creek, Cal., Dec. 4, 1869. (J. C. S.)

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