Thomas Coffin Amory

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Thomas Coffin Amory
BornOctober 6, 1812 Edit this on Wikidata
DiedAugust 20, 1889 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 76)
OccupationLawyer, politician, biographer, poet

Thomas Coffin Amory (October 6, 1812 – August 20, 1889) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest son of Jonathan Amory and his wife Mehitable (Sullivan) Culter.[1] An American lawyer, historian, politician, biographer, and poet, he graduated from Harvard University in 1830. He became a member of the bar of Suffolk County, Boston in 1834. In 1858 he published "Life of James Sullivan," former governor of Massachusetts and his grandfather. He later published extensively on the American Revolution as well as on various others of his ancestors, including Major-General John Sullivan and Sir Isaac Coffin. He also wrote numerous poems, the best known of which, "William Blaxton, Sole Inhabitant of Boston" was written at a time when the Old South Church of Boston was threatened with demolition. The poem is said to have contributed to saving the church.[2]

In 1858, Amory was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society.[3]

See also[edit]

Amory-Ticknor House



  • The Life of James Sullivan: With Selections from his Writings. 1859
  • The Military Services and Public Life of Major-General John Sullivan of the American Revolutionary Army. 1868
  • Old Cambridge and New. 1871
  • Our English Ancestors. 1872
  • General Sullivan not a pensioner of Luzerne. 1875
  • Transfer of Erin: or The Acquisition of Ireland by England. 1877
  • Memoir of John Wingate Thornton. 1879
  • Memoir of Hon. Richard Sullivan. 1885
  • The Life of Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, baronet, his English and American ancestors. 1886
  • Class Memoir of George Washington Warren, with English and American Ancestry. 1886
  • William Blaxton.1886


  • William Blackstone, Boston's First Inhabitant 1877
  • Charles River: A Poem 1888
  • Siege of Newport. 1888


  1. ^ "Amory Family Papers,1697-1894". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ Perkins, Augustus T. (1890). Memoir of Thomas Coffin Amory, M.A. Massachusetts Historical Society. p. 841.
  3. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  • Elkins, James R. Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and Poetry Thomas Coffin Amory College of Law, West Virginia University 2001 Retrieved September 7, 2009
  • Warner, Charles Dudley, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George Henry Warner, and E. C. Towne. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern. Vol. XXIX New York: R.S. Peale and J.A. Hill, 1896. (p. 17) googlebooks Retrieved September 7, 2009
  • William Richard Cutter; William Frederick Adams Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the state of Massachusetts. Vol. 1 (pp. 210–11) New York, Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1910. googlebooks Retrieved September 7, 2009