Date of Graduation

1976

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

T h is d is s e r t a t io n a ttem p ts to f o llo w th e l i f e and c a r e e r o f G eneral S ylvan u s T hayer, from h is b ir th in B r a in tr e e , M a ssa ch u setts in 1785 t o h is death th e r e in 1872. By p la c in g Thayer w ith in th e p rop er h i s t o r i c a l c o n t e x t , i t i s p o s s ib le to draw c e r t a in c o n c lu s io n s co n ce rn in g th e s ig n if ic a n c e o f h is ach iev em en ts in th e f i e l d s o f t e c h n ic a l ed u ca tio n and m ilit a r y e n g in e e r in g . S in c e t h i s i s a c h r o n o lo g ic a l stu d y o f T h ayer’s l i f e , p a r t ic u la r em phasis i s g iv e n in th e f i r s t fo u r ch a p te r s to th e men, e v e n ts , and in f lu e n c e s th a t shaped h is l i f e p r io r to 1817: fa m ily background and e a r ly home l i f e ; e d u ca tio n a t Dartmouth and West P o in t; c a r e e r and a s s o c ia t io n s a s a young o f f i c e r b e fo r e and d u rin g th e War o f 1812; and f i n a l l y , h is t

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