Thacher, John Boyd

Thacher, John Boyd

(1847–1909) book collector, public official, writer; born in Albany, N.Y. Associated with his family's manufacturing firm for most of his life, he was also a state senator and mayor of Albany and, as a hobby, collected incunabula and valuable materials on Christopher Columbus, of whom he wrote a biography.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.