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This biography is from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

John Boyd Thacher

John Bovd Thacher, mayor of the city of Albany, was born on September 11, 1847, at Ballston Springs, N. Y., and is the eldest son of George H. Thacher, who was for many years mayor of Albany.

John B. Thacher, was educated under private instruction, and in 1865 entered Williams College, and was graduated therefrom with honors in 1869. He then entered his father's foundry at Albany and learned the trade of moulder. He also learned bookkeeping in Folsoms Business College. Mr. Thacher, in company with his brother, George H. Thacher, still continues to operate the extensive foundry, known as the Thacher Car Works, being one of Albany's leading industries.

Mr. Thacher began his public career in 1883, when he was elected to the State Senate from Albany county, and during his term of office was an active supporter of all labor measures. Since that time Mr. Thacher has been constantly in the public eye as a politician, having taken the stump during both of the Cleveland campaigns. He conducted the Albany bi-centennial with great success, and in 1895 became mayor of the city of Albany, of which office he is now the incumbent.

Mr. Thacher was united in marriage in 1872 with Emma, daughter of George C. Treadwell, esq., of Albany.

Mr. Thacher holds high rank in the Masonic fraternity, and is one of the few men in Albany who have attained the thirty-third degree. He is past master of Masters Lodge No. .5, and has held exalted positions in the other Masonic bodies of Albany, and is also a member of the Democratic Phalanx. Mr. Thacher gained considerable prominence during 1893 as a commissioner of awards at the World's Fair at Chicago. He is also the author of "Charlecote," a work treating on Shakespeare and thedrama, and several other works of merit.

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