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THATCHER, Benjamin Bussey, author, born in Warren, Maine, S October, 1809; died in Boston, 14 July, 1840. His father, Samuel, a graduate of Harvard in 1793 and a lawyer, represented Massachusetts in congress in 1802-'5, serving afterward eleven years in the legislature. He was a trustee of Harvard and a founder of Warren academy. The son, upon his graduation at Bowdoin in 1826, studied law and was admitted to the bar in Boston, but devoted himself to literature. In 1836-'8 he travelled in Europe for his health, contributing during the time to British and American periodicals. He wrote for the "North American Review" in 1831, and contributed to the "Essayist" several critiques on American poets which attracted notice. He edited the " Boston Book" in 1837, the " Colonizationist," a periodical in the interests of the Liberian cause, which he further aided by eloquent speeches, and a volume of Mrs. Hemans's poems, to which he contributed a preface. He left in manuscript an account, of' his residence in Europe. His poems, some of which are in Griswold's " Poets and Poetry of America" (1842), and his reviews and essays, have never been collected. He published "Biography of North American Indians " (2 vols., New York, 1832: new ed., 1842); "Memoir of Phillis Wheatley " (Boston, 1834): "Memoir of S. Osgood Wright" (1834) ; "Traits of the Boston Tea-Party" (1835): "Traits of Indian Manners, etc." (1835); and "Tales of the American Revolution" (1846).
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