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Maurice Hudson Thatcher[1]

Male 1870 - 1973  (102 years)


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  • Name Maurice Hudson Thatcher 
    • Born in Chicago, Illinois, Thatcher's family moved to Butler County, Kentucky in 1874 and settled near Morgantown. Thatcher worked in farming, on a newspaper and in county offices. He was elected the circuit court clerk for Butler County in 1892 and served from January 1, 1893, until his resignation in 1896. He studied law in Frankfort, Kentucky and was admitted to the bar in 1898, commencing his law practice in Frankfort. Thatcher was an Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky 1898?1900 and then moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1900. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky from 1901 to 1906 and a state inspector and examiner for Kentucky 1908?1910.

      Thatcher was also a member of the Isthmian Canal Commission and governor of the Canal Zone from 1909 to 1913. Thatcher was the Commission's longest-lived and last surviving member.

      During his congressional tenure, he guided the passage of several Kentucky landmarks and parks: Mammoth Cave National Park, Lincoln's birthplace, and the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. In 1932, he gave up his seat in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Alben W. Barkley for election to the United States Senate.

      Thatcher served on the general counsel of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventative Medicine, Inc., Washington, D.C. beginning in 1939 and became its vice president in 1948, a post which he held until 1969 when he was made honorary president, a position previously reserved for Presidents of the United States. In 1962, the first bridge connecting both sides of the Panama Canal was named after him: Thatcher Ferry Bridge. In 1979, the name was officially changed to the Bridge of the Americas.
    • Maurice Hudson Thatcher (1870 - 1973) Congress of the United States, Thatcher was a Kentucky Congressman from 1923-33, and as of 2011, he was the longest-lived person to have served in the United States Congress. During his congressional tenure, he guided the passage of several Kentucky landmarks and parks: Mammoth Cave National Park, Lincoln's birthplace, and the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. In 1932, he gave up his seat in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Alben W. Barkley for election to the United States Senate.
    Born 15 Aug 1870  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Jan 1973  Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Frankfort Cemetery Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I109940  tree1
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 

    Father John Christophers Thatcher,   b. 29 Feb 1812, New London, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1884, Walworth, Walworth Co., Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Mary Tyler Graves,   b. 15 Dec 1841, Nashville, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 21 Sep 1863  Vincennes, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F4367  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Bell Chinn,   b. 10 Sep 1875, Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1960  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 04 May 1910  Frankfort, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F4952  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), pp. 619, 756.

    2. [S288] Find A Grave, (Web).
      MEMORIAL ID 7563342

    3. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), pp. 446, 619.