THATCHER, George, a Delegate and a Representative from Massachusetts; born in
Yarmouth, in the county of Barnstable, Mass., April 12, 1754; prepared for
college by a private instructor; was graduated from Harvard College in 1776;
studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1778 and commenced practice in York,
Maine; moved to Biddeford, Maine, in 1782; Member of the Continental Congress
1787-1789; elected to the First Congress; reelected to the Second and Third
Congresses and reelected as a Federalist to the Fourth through Sixth Congresses
(March 4, 1789-March 3, 1801); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished
Business (Fifth Congress); did not seek renomination in 1800, having accepted a
judicial appointment; district judge in Maine 1792-1800; associate judge of the
supreme court of Massachusetts 1800-1820; delegate in 1819 to the
constitutional convention of Maine, which until 1820 was a district of
Massachusetts; again a judge of the supreme court of Maine 1820-1824; died in
Biddeford, Maine, April 6, 1824; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.
BibliographyKaplan, Lawrence S. A New Englander Defends the War of 1812:
Senator Varnum to Judge Thatcher.
Mid-America 46 (October 1964): 269-80.