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General Linus W. Thayer was born in Warsaw in 1811 and died in Warsaw in 1892. In 1839, he began practicing law in Perry but removed to Warsaw in 1841, practicing in Warsaw for more than 51 years. He lived on a farm until he was 17, taught for the next 17 years, splitting his time between farming and teaching with the exception of two winters he spent in study at Lima, N.Y.

Self-taught, he studied with [Perry attorney,] I.N. Stoddard, who offered him a partnership. Before being admitted to any court, he received another offer and refused both. "With a view to his settlement where the new county seat should be located, he formed a partnership [in 1841] with James R. Doolittle, Esq., {in 1869, senator in Congress from Wisconsin} He married in 1840 to Caroline M. Lockwood and had seven children.

"He rose to such a position that for many years there was not an important law case in the state in which he was not counsel on one side or the other." He was Secretary of the Wyoming County Agricultural Society which was formed in 1843. He was leader of the early Episcopal Church and acted as chairman of funeral services for President Lincoln. He welcomed civil war soldiers home in Warsaw's celebration after Lee's surrender.

Excerpted from Andrew W. Young's History of Warsaw, 1869 and from History of the Warsaw Centennial, 1903.