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John Boyd Thacher, 2nd

John Boyd Thacher, 2nd

Male 1882 - 1957  (74 years)

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  • Name John Boyd Thacher 
    • John Boyd Thacher II (October 26, 1882 ? April 25, 1957) was the Mayor of Albany, New York from 1926 to 1941. He was the nephew of Albany mayor John Boyd Thacher and grandson of another Albany mayor, George H. Thacher.
    • John Boyd Thacher II was born in Leadville, Colorado to the younger George H. Thacher (son of Mayor Thacher) and Emma Louise Bennett, who spent the early 1880s on business in Colorado. The Thachers returned to Albany while John was a toddler and George Thacher re-established ties with his father's Albany business. John Thacher attended The Albany Academy and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1904. He graduated with a Doctor of Laws from Union College in 1906 and was admitted to the New York state bar association. He practiced law in Schoharie County for a year before returning to practice in Albany. He married Lulu Abel Cameron of Middle Bridge on June 17, 1918.

      World War I interrupted Thacher's law practice when he saw action in the Air corps and Ambulance corps, with a considerable amount of his time spent in France. Thacher then ventured into Albany government, becoming a member of the Common Council of Albany as well as city treasurer.

      On March 4, 1926, Albany mayor William S. Hackett was killed in a car accident in Cuba.[1] John Boyd Thacher II was named as his temporary successor. That November, he was officially elected mayor in a landslide. Thacher was subsequently reelected as Mayor in 1929, 1933 and 1937. In 1932, he was nominated as a Democratic candidate for Governor of New York, but yielded to Herbert H. Lehman, who was elected.

      Thacher resigned from his position as Mayor in 1940 to become Judge of Albany County's Children's Court, a position he held until 1947. A long-term advocate for education and children's rights, he was also instrumental in developing the summer camp that came to bear his name: Camp Thacher.

      Upon Thacher's resignation as Mayor, President of the Common Council Herman F. Hoogkamp was appointed acting Mayor in 1940 and served out the remainder of Thacher's term. In 1941, Erastus Corning II was elected mayor; Corning served for over 40 years until his death in 1983.

      John Boyd Thacher II died in 1957 in Albany, and is interred in Albany Rural Cemetery.
    • Mayor of Albany, New York, 1926-1941.
    Suffix 2nd 
    Born 26 Oct 1882  Leadville, Lake County, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Apr 1957  Albany, Albany County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I118072  tree1
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2019 

    Father George Hornell Thacher, 2nd,   b. 20 Nov 1851, Albany, Albany Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1929  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Emma Louise Bennett,   b. 23 Feb 1862,   d. 9 Jun 1927  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1880 
    Family ID F7164  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lulu Abel Cameron,   b. 24 Nov 1881, Middle Bridge, Chenango Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1961  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1918 
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F7168  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Thacher, John Boyd 1882 - 1957
    Thacher, John Boyd 1882 - 1957
    John Boyd Thacher 1882 - 1957

  • Sources 
    1. [S288] Find A Grave, (Web).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 45229486