Samuel R. Thayer
Samuel R. Thayer
|United States Ambassador to the Netherlands|
May 24, 1889 – August 7, 1893
|Preceded by||Robert B. Roosevelt|
|Succeeded by||William E. Quinby|
Samuel Richard Thayer
December 12, 1837
Richmond, New York, U.S.
|Died||January 7, 1909 (aged 71)|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Mount Hope Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Union College|
He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1860 and taught school for two years. He then relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, studied law with Francis R. E. Cornell, attained admission to the bar, and established a practice in Minneapolis.
On March 19, 1889 President Benjamin Harrison appointed Thayer to succeed Robert Barnwell Roosevelt as Ambassador to the Netherlands. Thayer served until 1893 when he was succeeded by William Emory Quinby.
Besides maintaining a thriving law practice, Thayer was a successful businessman, including profitable investments in Minnesota real estate, and he made substantial donations to normal schools and colleges throughout the state. In 1892, he received an honorary LL.D. degree from Union College. Later in his career he maintained homes and offices in both Minneapolis and New York City.
- "Netherlands - Chiefs of Mission - People - Department History - Office of the Historian". history.state.gov. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- "Attorney and diplomat Samuel R. Thayer dies". Democrat and Chronicle. January 7, 1909. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- Descendants of Rufus and Pamela (Throop) Thayer: With Some Little Account of Their Ancestry. A. Sutcliffe Company, printers. 1896. p. 16. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- John William Leonard, Albert Nelson Marquis, Who's Who in America, Volume 3, 1903, page 1469
- Minnesota Historical Society, Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Volume 15, 1915, pages 804 to 805
- James Grant Wilson, John Fiske, Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography, Volume 7, 1901, page 262
- "Samuel Richard Thayer - People - Department History". history.state.gov. Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs United States Department of State. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- Andrew Van Vranken Raymond, Union University: Its History, Influence, Characteristics and Equipment, Volume 2, 1907, page 145
- Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, Official Minutes, 1909, page 751
- New York Times, Samuel R. Thayer Dead, January 8, 1909
- Samuel R. Thayer at Find A Grave
| U.S. Minister to the Netherlands
William E. Quinby