Bio of Benjamin B. Thatcher
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher

MR. THATCHER comes from an old and well-known family. His grandfather, Samuel Thatcher, came to this State from Cambridge, Mass., in 1800, and settled in Warren, Me., and was elected to Congress in 1803, and again in 1805, to represent that section, then a part of Massachusetts. He was an intimate friend of General Knox, who was at that time a resident of Thomaston, Me., and delivered a eulogy upon the General's life on the occasion of his funeral, October 28, 1806 His father, George A. Thatcher, came to Bangor in its early history, 1822, and was prominently identified with its business projects and the moral reforms of those days, being prominently connected with the anti-slavery and temperance causes.

Benjamin B. Thatcher was born in Brewer, Me., opposite to the City of Bangor, on the Penobscot River, April 21, 1839, during a temporary residence of his parents in that place. His parents moved to Bangor very soon after his birth, where he was educated in the private and public schools, and he has always made that place his home. In 1860 he commenced the lumber business as book-keeper for Messrs. Eddy, Murphey & Co., one of the heaviest firms in that business on the Penobscot River at that time. He remained with them until the death of Mr. Eddy, the senior member of the firm, in 1865, and then acquired their business in connection with others. He carried it on most successfully for ten years, having mills at Bradley, Me. In 1875 he sold out to Cutler & Co., and in the following year commenced business alone, operating mills at Milford, and part of the time at Stillwater also. Here he has built up a very large and successful business which he continues at the present time.

In 1890 Mr. Thatcher became interested in the wood pulp business, and was largely instrumental in organizing the Orono Pulp & Paper Company, which built an extensive mill at Basin Mills, about eight miles above Bangor, on the Penobscot. This was one of the first manufactories of suiphite wood pulp established in eastern Maine, and it has proved very successful. He was chosen President of the Company at its organization. and still holds the position. He has been a Director of the Bangor & Piscataquis Railroad Company for many years, having been chosen by the City Council of Bangor, which city owned a large interest in the road. He is at present a Director of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Company, and was one of its incorporators. He has also been a Director of the First National Bank of Bangor for several years, and one of the Trustees of the Bangor Theological Seminary, one of the oldest and most widely known institutions of learning in the country. Mr. Thatcher has always taken a deep interest in the Bangor Young Men's Christian Association, contributing largely to its building fund, and was a member of its building committee during the erection of its new building.

In politics Mr. Thatcher has always been a Republican, and always an active worker in the party. He has been elected to many positions of honor under its banner, both in the City Government and State Legislature; has served two terms in the House from the City of Bangor, and two terms in the Senate from the County of Penobscot, and at present is a member of the latter body. He served upon important Committees both in the House and Senate, among them the Finance, Ways and Means, Fisheries, Interior Waters, and several apportionment committees. At the last session (1893) he served as chairman of the Legislative Committee appointed to attend the funeral of the late James G. Blame, at Washington, D. C.; was Delegate from Maine, in 1888, to the Republican National Convention at Chicago, and was Secretary of the Maine Delegation.

Mr. Thatcher has been connected with the lumber business in Bangor and vicinity for more than thirty years, and he is now one of the largest operators in that business on the Penobscot River. He has ever maintained a high reputation for strict integrity, and his excellent judgment and good business abilities have placed him in high position in the commercial community in which he has been an active and honored worker for so many years. That he has the confidence, respect, and regard of his associates, and of the citizens of his city, is conclusively shown by their repeated calls to positions of trust, responsibility, and honor.

Mr. Thatcher married Mary Ella Walker, daughter of Hon. James Walker of Bangor, in 1866, and they had two children, George Thoreau and Charlotte May. His first wife died in 1875, and he married her sister, Charlotte P., in 1877.

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