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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Thayer, William Makepeace 1820-1898 Author; born in Franklin, Mass., Feb. 23, 1820; graduated at Brown University in 1843; later studied theology; was in charge of the Orthodox Congregational Church, Ashland, Mass., in 1849-57; and subsequently applied himself to literary work; returned to Franklin in 1858; member of the legislature in 1857 and 1863; and secretary of the Massachusetts Temperance Alliance in 1860-76. He was author of Character and public service of Abraham Lincoln; Marvels of the New West; Youth's history of the rebellion; From Tannery to the White House; From log cabin to the White House, etc. He died in Franklin, Mass., April 7, 1898.