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Solon Otis Thacher papers

Call Number: RH MS 87


The collection of papers by Solon Otis Thacher contains original manuscripts, along with copies of his addresses, sermons and speeches, including some he made while he was in South America. The collection also includes journals, notebooks, newsclippings and articles, and a diary owned by Thacher.


  • Creation: 1849 - 1895


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Solon Otis Thacher

Solon Otis Thacher was born at Hornellsville, New York, on August 31, 1830. The Thacher family was of old New England stock. Solon was the son of Otis and Hannah Kennedy Graves Thacher. Thacher was educated in the common schools of his native town before graduating from Union College. After college he attended Albany Law School and was admitted to practice by the New York Supreme Court in 1856. He entered politics that year and was elected to the New York legislature, serving as a member in the winter of 1857. That same year he opened a law office in Chicago, and in July 1858, he came to Kansas.

Thacher became interested in the Lawrence Republican. In 1859 he was elected as a delegate to the Wyandotte constitutional convention. On the admission of Kansas to the union he was elected judge of the fourth judicial district. In 1864 Thahcer opposed Lane as candidate for governor. He was a member of the state senate in 1881-1883. In 1884 President Arthur appointed him a member of a commission of three to negotiate treaties in South American countries. He was president of the Kansas State Historical Society when he died on August 11, 1895.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 8 volumes) ; Sizes of volumes vary; none are taller than 37 cm.

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Physical Location

RH MS 87

Physical Location

RH MS E109

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Marguerite Emery, 1970?

Guide to the Solon Otis Thacher Collection
Solon Otis Thacher papers
Finding aid prepared by pg, April 1976. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Solon Otis Thacher papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 87, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States