Eli Thayer

--Born in Mendon, MA June 11, 1819


--A year after graduating from Brown Thayer married Miss Caroline M. Capron of Millville, MA.

--After graduating from Brown, Thayer was hired by his old college preparatory school, Worcester Academy, to work as a teacher. Soon after becoming a teacher at the Academy Thayer was promoted to the position of headmaster. Thayer would would be the fourth principal of Worcester Academy and served from 1847 through 1849

--Thayer left the Academy in 1849 to pursue his goal to open an all female collegiate institution in Worcester. The result of his dream was the creation of the Oread College.

--Thayer left the Oread in 1853, leaving the teaching staff in charge, to pursue his own political ambitions.

--In 1853 Thayer ran for and was elected to the position of State Legislature representative. He served from 1853 to 1854 and made the notable achievement of presenting a bill to incorporate the Bank of Mutual Redemption.

--In 1854, after leaving the State legislature, Thayer proposed to settle Kansas to ensure that it would be voted into the Union as a free state.

--In 1856 Thayer was elected to Congress after completing a rigorous campaigning effort.

--In 1860 Oregon chose Thayer as its delegate in the National Republican Convention as recognition for his efforts to admit Oregon into statehood.

--In 1861 Thayer was appointed by President Lincoln to serve as a special and confidential agent of the Treasury Department.

--From 1864 through 1870 Thayer served as a land agent for the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company.

SPECIAL NOTE: Over the course of his life Thayer invented such devices as the hydraulic elevator, sectional safety steam boiler, and a automatic boiler cleaner AKA sediment extractor.

--Eli Thayer died in Worcester April 15, 1899. He was 80 years old.

A Quote About Eli Thayer:

"It was said of Thayer in his years at Worcester Academy that he was invatiably good tempered and patient with his pupils; condoning rather than condemning their short-comings; helpful to those needing assistance; direct, simple and clear in his method of instruction. He governed by a quiet confidence rather than by a show of power, but the transgressor soon found that offenses could not be repeated with impunity."


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